Press Releases

June 04, 2013

Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) and WEConnect International will collaborate to boost women business owner's economic opportunities through access to networks and markets.

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Networking, contacts and education for women business owners around the world will be strengthened as a result of an agreement signed in Washington, DC, by the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) and WEConnect International. Both organizations pursue activities that build economic parity and increase business opportunities for women.

Started in 1989, OWIT is dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for businesswomen through its educational opportunities, global membership and 25 chapters worldwide. With a presence in 15 countries and self-registered businesses in over 50 countries, WEConnect International is connecting certified women’s business enterprises to multinational corporations inside a newly launched eNetwork: Global Directory of Women-Owned Businesses.

April 04, 2013

Newly published book offers a closer look at the data behind the one billion women.

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Buying For Impact: How to Buy From Women and Change Our World, is a new book co-authored by Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO of WEConnect International, and Andrew J. Sherman, Partner at Jones Day. WEConnect International is a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets.

According to the United Nations Development Programme, “Women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn only 10 percent of the income and own 2 percent of the property.” The data is startling and WEConnect International is committed to the advancement of women entrepreneurs in the global marketplace. “Our business model is simple: We connect women entrepreneurs to other women entrepreneurs, multinational corporations and like-minded organizations that give qualified companies equal opportunities to compete for business.”

December 07, 2012

WEConnect International collaborates with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Walmart to support more inclusive global value chains.


Female entrepreneurship around the world has been experiencing positive growth. To support and strengthen the capacity of women to grow and create wealth and jobs as business owners in Costa Rica, WEConnect International is expanding its local efforts by identifying, certifying and facilitating connection with corporations interested in sourcing from women-owned businesses. WEConnect International is a nonprofit organization with a corporate network representing over US$700 billion in annual purchasing power.

The first business forum of WEConnect International in Costa Rica was held on December 7th, from 08:30 to 12:30 hrs. The forum included international experts, top executives of multinational corporations and small and medium size women-owned companies. Multinational corporations such as Walmart, IBM, HP, and UPS participated in the event.