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WIPP Partner AWBC Hosts El Paso Conference

Monday, September 28, 2015  
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WIPP Policy Briefing

September 28, 2015


WIPP Partner AWBC Hosts El Paso Conference


Successful conferences generally consist of two components – record attendance and great content.  This was the case with WIPP Partner, the Association of Women’s Business Centers’ (AWBC) national conference held in El Paso last week.  One hundred and seven Women’s Business Center teams gathered to discuss how to best serve women who are interested in starting businesses, growing their businesses or obtaining capital.  An SBA funded program, Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) are also tasked with serving women who are socially and economically disadvantaged—the only SBA resource partner with this requirement and one the Centers embrace. Women’s business centers are funded through SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership headed by Erin Andrew, who hosted a number of training sessions.


Keynoting the conference was SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, who stressed the importance of WBCs to foster and spur entrepreneurship.  In addition, the local host of the conference was the El Paso Women’s Business Border Center.  The local hosts were wonderful ambassadors for the city, citing that El Paso is named one of the safest cities in America despite sharing the border with its Mexican counterpart, Juarez.  Armed with best practices and new resources, attendees came away from the conference with a new appreciation for the local flavor, food and friendship El Paso offers.  WIPP has a long history of supporting funding for the WBC program. 


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