Event for Women-Owned Businesses Helps to Increase Corporate and Government Opportunities

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On Wednesday, April 10, the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) is hosting its first Connections to Contracts event focusing on increasing corporate supply chain opportunities for women-owned businesses. This event features multiple procurement-focused sessions that are ideal for businesses looking to connect with corporations and government entities.

This is the pivotal event for women business owners that can help them to connect with buyers of large corporations and propel their business to the next level.

On Wednesday, April 10, the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) is hosting its first Connections to Contracts event focusing on increasing corporate supply chain opportunities for women-owned businesses. This event features multiple procurement-focused sessions that are ideal for businesses looking to connect with corporations and government entities.

“Connections to Contracts is an evolution in our procurement events, combining all of the most popular parts of our previous events to best serve our members,” said WBCS President, Debbie Hurst. “This is the pivotal event for women business owners that can help them to connect with buyers of large corporations and propel their business to the next level.”

Sponsored by Oncor and Software Professionals Inc., the event begins with corporate roundtable meetings in which women-owned businesses have the opportunity to meet with over 30 decision-makers representing the major corporations and public entities in the Metroplex; and learn first-hand about opportunities available in their supply chain and their initiatives to do business with diverse suppliers. The keynote luncheon will feature representatives from local municipalities discussing how women-owned businesses are key to their growth plans.

“Oncor is proud to serve as the title sponsor for the Women’s Business Council – Southwest’s Connections to Contracts,” said Grace Hastings-Case, Supplier Diversity Manager for Oncor. “Oncor has a long-standing commitment to supplier diversity and the Women’s Business Council – Southwest’s efforts in the development and utilization of certified women-owned businesses.”

In the afternoon, a new session format called Prime Time features three corporate members, DFW International Airport, Flour, and Shell, along with their prime suppliers. Attendees will learn about the prime suppliers’ upcoming projects and how to bid on them. This is the perfect way for smaller women-owned companies to get a foot in the door on larger projects with corporations.

With women-owned businesses being one of the fastest growing small business segments, it’s vital to provide opportunities to help these businesses grow. During the event, the Council will also announce the amount that corporate members spent with women-owned businesses in 2018. Last year, members reported over $8.6 billion spent in 2017.

Event Details
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Irving Convention Center – 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039
Online registration for WBCS members is $100 and $125 for non-members. On-site registration is available at an increased rate. For additional event information, contact Elizabeth Garner at 817-299-0566.

About WBCS
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) is dedicated to increasing mutually beneficial procurement opportunities between certified women-owned businesses, corporations, businesses, government entities, institutions, and other organizations. With more than 1,100 Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Members and 75 Sustaining (Corporate) Members, WBCS is in its 24th year of providing national certification to women-owned businesses. WBCS administers the national certification on behalf of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for north and central Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico. To find out more about WBCS, please visit http://www.wbcsouthwest.org

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