News from WBENC
Monday, February 14, 2011
News from WBENC
A Message from Linda Denny
As we say hello to 2011, I know it will be an interesting
year with many new opportunities and some challenges for each one of us.
WBENC has been very busy planning new ways to serve you, our
constituents. We consistently focus on being your "Opportunity
Connection" and look for new ways to make your WBENC
Certification and Corporate Membership even more valuable.
Linda Denny courtesy of Women's Enterprise Publications and WE Magazine.
View Linda Denny's February 2011 Message
Tips for Preparing for WBENC's
2011 Summit & Salute
SBA Announces Contracting
Program for Women-Owned Small Businesses
Contracts Expected to be Awarded through WOSB Program By Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011
Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that women-owned small businesses
can begin taking steps to participate in a new federal contracting program on
Friday, February 4, 2011. The new Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal
Contract Program will be fully implemented over the next several months, with
the first contracts expected to be awarded by the fourth quarter of fiscal year
Early Bird Registration for
WBENC's Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises Extended to
February 15, 2011!
Summit & Salute Presenting Sponsors: Accenture
LLP and Ernst & Young LLP
Save $50 off the Summit & Salute during Early Bird Registration,
when you register by February 15. Plus, register for the Summit & Salute
by February 15, and get a promotional code to save $50 off WBENC's National
Conference & Business Fair.
During our Wednesday evening Salute to Women's Business Enterprises, we
honor the 14 2011 Women's Business Enterprise Stars and recognize our 20
corporations that earned the designation as one of America's Top
Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises. To add to the fun, a live
auction will be held featuring Power Lunch opportunities with the CPOs of some
of America's largest corporations as well as other fabulous items.
Visit www.wbenc.org/summit-salute to register and view details about pricing and promotions. level.
Bloomberg Columnist and Journalist and Author of No. 1 Best Seller About Warren
Buffet to Speak at WBENC's Summit & Salute to Women's Business
Named by Risk and Insurance Magazine as "One of the
most respected--and fearless--thinkers on Wall Street," Bloomberg
columnist and journalist Alice Schroeder headlines WBENC's Summit
& Salute to Women's Business Enterprises as the keynote speaker.
Schroeder's speech is titled, Navigating and Profiting in a World of
Changing Business Models, which is a perfect topic for entrepreneurs
looking to adapt or revamp their business models and strategically
maneuver the impact of our nation's economic challenges and recovery.
Conference Co-Chairs are Amgen, The Act-1 Group, and Zorch
Soledad O'Brien, Acclaimed Special
Investigations Correspondent and Host of CNN's In America
to Speak at WBENC's 2011 National Conference & Business Fair
O'Brien, celebrity speaker, anchor and special correspondent for CNN's In
America unit, will serve as a dynamic speaker at WBENC's 2011 National
Conference & Business Fair, to be held June 21-23, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay
Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Deadline Extended! Apply now for the
4th Annual Search for the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies£ in
North America Sponsored by American Express OPEN
Companies will be ranked according to revenue growth from 2006 to 2010. The top
50 fastest-growing companies have the chance of being published online and in
print! To be eligible, companies must be...
have generated $500,000 in annual revenue by year end 2005
have reached revenues of $2 million by year-end 2010
do not have to be a WPO member to apply, nor is there a fee. Questions should
be directed to email@example.com.
Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2011. To apply, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/RWD2XQH
2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Call for Nominations
The 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® call for nominations is now underway! This is an excellent opportunity
to nominate a deserving entrepreneur who is growing his or her company into a
market leader. Nominate yourself or someone you know who is building the
company of tomorrow--today; someone with the vision and drive to lead--no
matter how much the economy fluctuates. Now in its 25th year, the Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award is one of the premier recognition awards
for these dynamic, entrepreneurial business leaders and the only global program
that annually identifies and assesses the best entrepreneurial talent in the
Capabilities Equal Opportunities! WBEs Can Update
Their Profiles Through February 18, 2011
Do you know that the capabilities section of your online profile in
WBENCLink is critical to your success as a WBE? Every key word, NAICS or UNSPSC
search done using WBENCLink compares the search criteria to every WBE's
profile. Failure to properly present your company's end products and/or
services adequately could mean a lost bid opportunity.
On September 1, 2010, WBENC released an enhanced version of WBENCLink (V3). The
enhancements resulted in improved functionality, with more specificity of a
WBE's capabilities in their profile, as well as better reporting mechanisms.
All currently certified WBEs (and expired WBEs) now have the opportunity to
update and edit their companies' information in the normally blocked sections
of the online profile.
Now through February 18, 2011, WBEs will have the ability to update fields
located under the General Tab, Capabilities Tab, and Additional
Info tab of their profile on www.wbenclink.org.
Reminders have been sent from firstname.lastname@example.org
as well as your Regional Partner Organization to ensure that everyone has been
properly notified of this opportunity. If you have already updated your file,
please disregard the reminder you receive. However, if you have not, please act
These reminders will contain the necessary instructions you will need to
complete your company's updates. WBEs who do not update their profile during
the specified time frame will only have the opportunity to do so during their
normal recertification period.
If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact email@example.com.
WBENCLink Database Training for Certified WBEs
Held February 9th and 23rd
WBENCLink Database Training for Certified WBEs will be held on the second
and last Wednesday of each month in 2011. Exception: December has just one
training date, on the 14th.
Each class is limited to the first 50 people who log in to the internet. Therefore,
it is not necessary to register for this training. Note: if you choose to log
in early to reserve your spot, you may do so. However, please do not phone in
to the session until the class is due to begin as WBENC will be charged for
this time. The session time is one hour.
2:00 p.m. Eastern
1:00 p.m. Central
12:00 p.m. Mountain
11:00 a.m. Pacific
your company's profile
users to your profile
for certified WBEs
for Corporate members
use of database data
To access the training, go to:
Meeting ID: WBETrain2011
Attendee Entry Code: WBEAttend2011
Call Number: 877-923-6297
It is not necessary to install Microsoft Live Meeting, you may just click
"Accept & Join" to enter the meeting.
For information regarding training, please contact Susan Cates at 202-872-5515
of WBENCLink Database!
While the WBENCLink database
is an excellent strategic marketing tool to identify the supplier
diversity contact of a Corporate Member, to find WBEs for partnerships,
to purchase products and services; unfortunately, many WBEs are using it
for the purpose of email blasts. Please note contact information obtained
from WBENCLink is not permitted for use in any e-mail blasts. Examples of
misuse include sending an email blast for the purpose of advertising or
As of June 1, 2010, any WBE who continues to
send out this type of email will receive a "cease and desist"
letter from WBENC. If the WBE continues to contact WBEs for this purpose,
their level of access to WBENCLink will be restricted to their profile
company, executive/employee from your company, or an event.
product or service that is on sale or offered at a discount to WBENC
Certified WBEs or Corporate Members.
product or service offered by your company that would make a great gift
for a boss or administrative assistant.
Questions about this policy should be directed to Susan Cates at 202-872-5515