WEConnect International invites you to kick off the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair with International Day - an opportunity for our international delegations of women business owners and corporate members to engage through business matchmaking and networking. Attendees will broaden their business reach and hone their skills through rich content and interactive sessions; then, return home energized - ready to take your business to the next level!
We welcome our Corporate Members; WEConnect International certified Women's Business Enterprises; WBENC certified Women's Business Enterprises; WEConnect International self-registered women owned businesses; our partners and government entities.
The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair will take place the week of June 18th in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S. For questions about the WBENC Conference and to register, click here: http://conf.wbenc.org/
PRELIMINARY AGENDA - JUNE 18, 2018
International Day – Full Day Event Hosted by WEConnect International
at the 2018 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Detroit, Michigan, USA
|8:00 – 9:00 am||Registration and Networking Breakfast|
|8:30 – 9:15 am||Welcome Remarks|
|9:15am – 10:00am||
Panel: Opportunities and Challenges in Entering Local and Global Value Chains: What Corporations Look for in Working with New BusinessesGain insights from multinational corporations on how to become one of their suppliers, common pitfalls to avoid when bidding on RFPs, and tips that make a bid stand-out.
|10:05am – 10:50am||
Panel: Expanding Your Business to New Markets – Different Paths of GrowthLearn from other successful WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprises (WBEs) how they expanded and accessed new markets either through corporate value chains or by leveraging connections and information provided by WEConnect International.
|10:50am – 11:10am||Break|
|11:10am – 12:00pm||
Presentation: Global Business Perspectives – Planning for Your Business’s FutureLearn from experts in global business what trends to watch for to ensure your business remains competitive in our fast-changing world - topics will include blockchain, digital sourcing and more.
|12:00om – 1:15pm||Networking Lunch with Keynote Speaker|
|1:15pm – 3:00pm||
Concurrent Session: Certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs): Roundtable Discussions with Corporate Members
Interact with Corporate Buyers during this dynamic, fast-paced, high-touch session for WEConnect International and WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprises. Certified businesses will meet with the top 3-4 corporations they want to do businesses with—making those hard to secure personal connections easier.
Concurrent Session: Self-Registered Businesses: How to Access New MarketsParticipants of businesses that are not yet certified WBEs, will gain global insights into how to gain access to some of the world’s leading emerging markets: where and how to get started, growth opportunities, and strategic decisions to take into consideration while growing your business. The session will also include matchmaking among the women-owned businesses in attendance
|3:0pm – 5:00pm||Break|
|5:00pm – 7:30pm||
International Day ReceptionBring your business cards and make connections while enjoying light fare and a variety of inspired beverages
“I come to WEConnect International events to learn how to pitch my business, which I think is hard and I learn with other WBEs. The other is to connect with corporates in particular…. To be able to say we’ve also made contact with the procurement and diversity part of businesses can make a big difference.” – Fionna Blades, MESH.
“International Day is exposure to people, to products, to clients that we would never have interacted with had we been in our country.” – Vimala Ariyan, South African Institute of Learning.
“We attend WEConnect International events because it’s a huge opportunity not only to meet with corporate clients, but to meet with other women-owned businesses, as well.” – Miriam Dervan, MD Group.
“I participate in WEConnect International Day and other WEConnect International events throughout the year because there are so many connections that can be made that improve Monsanto’s business and what we can offer back to the community in purchasing goods and services from women owned businesses.” –Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto.