WEConnect International Partners with Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales to Support Women-Owned Business

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Partnership to improve market access for women entrepreneurs across 70 countries.

Photo by Henriette Olbrisch at FCEM and WEConnect International Signing Ceremony on September 28, 2012 From left to right: Virginia Littlejohn, Elizabeth A. Vazquez, Laura Frati Gucci and Dr. Dagmar

Signing this agreement with FCEM World President, Laura Frati Gucci, will help to expand the WEConnect International network into the seventy countries represented by FCEM.

WEConnect International, the corporate-led non-profit that empowers women-owned businesses to thrive in global markets, signed an agreement today with Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales (FCEM), the worldwide umbrella association for women entrepreneurs.

The agreement was signed at the 60th FCEM World Congress hosted by the Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen (VdU), the German Association of Women Entrepreneurs.

"Signing this agreement with FCEM World President, Laura Frati Gucci, will help to expand the WEConnect International network into the seventy countries represented by FCEM. And members of the FCEM network will have better access to WEConnect International members seeking women business owners that want to compete for corporate contracts," according to Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International.

On September 28, Gucci and Vazquez will speak at the World Congress, along with Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; Dilek Kolat, Berlin State Senator for Labour, Integration and Women; Georg Fahrenschon, President of the Deutschen Sparkassen- und Giroverband; and other notable global leaders.

WEConnect International is the first non-profit organization that registers and certifies women-owned businesses outside of the U.S. and connects them with multinational corporations interested in tapping women suppliers to produce relevant, innovative products and services. With the success of each certified women-owned business, entering the global supply chain becomes a little easier for the next.

About WEConnect International
WEConnect International, a corporate-led non-profit, helps build sustainable communities and economic growth by empowering women business owners to succeed in global markets. WEConnect International has since 2009 provided certification, resources, mentoring and peer/corporate connections to businesses based outside the United States that are at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International corporate members represent $700 billion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development: Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Boeing, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Cummins, D.W. Morgan, Dell, Dun & Bradstreet, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, Full Circle Exchange, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, HP, Hospira, IBM, Intel, Interpublic Group, Johnson & Johnson, Manpower, Marriott International, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, Pfizer, PG&E, RBS, Verizon, Walmart and WellPoint. Learn more at http://www.WEConnectInternational.org.

About Les Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises Mondiales
FCEM is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political and non-sectarian organization whose activities at the national and international level, are aimed at promoting women’s entrepreneurial initiative and reinforcing national associations of women business owners. FCEM is the pioneer association uniting women business owners from the world over. Today, the FCEM network includes over 70 different countries from the five continents. And FCEM membership is growing, with new demands for membership each year.

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