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Monday, February 14, 2011  
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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.

Photo of 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

First Contracts Expected to be Awarded through WOSB Program By Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011
The U.S. 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 2011.

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 to register and view details about pricing and promotions. level.

Alice Schroeder, 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 Enterprises

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.

WBENC 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
Documentaries to Speak at WBENC's 2011 National Conference & Business Fair
Soledad 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...

  • privately-owned
  • women-owned/led
  • must have generated $500,000 in annual revenue by year end 2005
  • must have reached revenues of $2 million by year-end 2010

You do not have to be a WPO member to apply, nor is there a fee. Questions should be directed to

Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2011. To apply, visit

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 world.

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

Reminders have been sent from 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 quickly.

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

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

Topics include:

  • Updating your company's profile
  • Adding users to your profile
  • Changing your password
  • Searching for certified WBEs
  • Searching for Corporate members
  • Downloading your certificate
  • WBENC Seal/Logo
  • Recertification Process
  • Appropriate use of database data

To access the training, go to:

Meeting ID: WBETrain2011
Attendee Entry Code: WBEAttend2011
Call Number: 877-923-6297
Passcode: 9222170#

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 X 8100.

Misuse 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 promoting:

  • A company, executive/employee from your company, or an event.
  • A product or service that is on sale or offered at a discount to WBENC Certified WBEs or Corporate Members.
  • A product or service offered by your company that would make a great gift for a boss or administrative assistant.
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 only.

Questions about this policy should be directed to Susan Cates at 202-872-5515 ext. 8100.

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