As a woman entrepreneur growing her business in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monica Cardoso Schimenes de Oliveira has faced many challenges. Becoming active with WEConnect International gave her a network of women who faced similar challenges:
It was “like recognizing my life in the lives of so many other businesswomen,” she said. “It gave me confidence to participate in the certification process.”
Once Monica’s company, MCM Brand Group, was certified by WEConnect International in 2015, she and her team began engaging in WEConnect’s business matchmaking and other events to connect with corporate buyers. Her WEConnect International certification and lots of hard work has paid off. Dell invited them to apply for a contract and they won because of their ability to specifically address Dell’s needs and requirements.
Attending events has also given them critical insight into how companies think about diversity in practical ways. MCM Brand Group even successfully graduated from Monsanto’s Supplier Diversity Mentorship Program.
With the new business and connections they’ve gained, it has driven MCM to pursue larger goals, improve their processes and productivity, and become results oriented. After securing the contract with Dell, they increased revenue and profitability, created jobs, prepared women for new leadership roles, and expanded their own network of suppliers.