Kim Sissen

Expand Your Visibility with WBCS Membership

"WBCS provides the best networking opportunities for WBEs to connect with corporations, as well as WBE to WBE. Over the course of our 20-year membership, I can easily say that close to 82% of our growth has come from these connections." Kim Sissen is President of CFJ Manufacturing, LP, which has been a certified WBE and WBCS member since 1997. She is currently involved in the Toyota Mentorship Program and shares how WBCS networking opportunities has helped her business grow. Tell us a little about your story and how you came to work for CFJ? I started my formal internship with CFJ Manufacturin
WEE

Meet the Panelists: Woman Entrepreneur's Exchange

Meet the panelist of the Women's Business Council- Southwest's first Austin event of 2018: Woman Entrepreneur's Exchange! The event will feature supplier diversity professionals sharing their perspective on how WBEs can successfully utilize their certification to gain traction with corporate clients. If you have ever wondered how your business can stand out when responding to RFPs or struggled to think of innovative ways to market your WBE certification to corporations, this event is for you! Join us on January 24, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:30pm at the Offices of VMware. Click here for more details
2017 Annual Report

2017 WBCS Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report summarizes the success the Women’s Business Council - Southwest has achieved throughout the year. As always, these accomplishments could not have been possible without the support of our members. Thank you for your dedication to our mission of helping WBEs grow their businesses. Click the link below to review the WBCS Annual Report. 2017 Annual Report
WBCS & CF

Austin Office Moves to Capital Factory

The Austin Regional office of the Women's Business Council- Southwest has officially moved to Capital Factory! Capital Factory is known as the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. It's a place where hundreds of entrepreneurs connect through events, classes, mentorship, and co-working everyday. Capital Factory also offers numerous investment opportunities for growing businesses, including the 100K Dallas Diversity and Investment Challenge . According to Pitchbook, Capital Factory has been the most active investor in Texas since 2013. We are looking forward to a strong partnership with
Harvesting Partnerships

Harvesting Partnerships 2017

On November 7th, hundreds of attendees joined us for our annual Harvesting Partnerships event! The day kicked off with a seated luncheon where our keynote panel included newly appointed Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson. Moderated by Carrie Martinez with CM Productions, the panel discussed the obstacles facing women in male-dominated fields and how women business owners can give back to their communities. During the luncheon, we recognized Debbie Hurst, WBCS President, for her 20 years of service to the Counc
Lillie Knox Winners

Announcing the 2017 Lillie Knox Winners

On Tuesday, November 7 th , six women-owned companies were awarded the Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant by the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) during the Harvesting Partnerships luncheon. Each year, awards of up to $5,000 are presented in Lillie’s memory. Lillie Knox was an important part of the history and current success of the Women’s Business Council – Southwest and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). After passing away from cancer, the Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant was created to honor her legacy. The following six WBCS members received gra
WEDallas

WEDallas @ The DEC

On November 14th, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) held its WEDallas Boot Camp to help inspire, equip, and empower women entrepreneurs across North Texas. The event started with a panel discussion on topics affecting women entrepreneurs. It was followed by a keynote speaker and a speed mentorship session. The event was sponsored by Capital One who has launched Future Edge, an initiative to make DFW a destination for top talent, spur growth as a world-renowned technology hub, and nurture leaders of tomorrow. Photos by Grant Miller Photography.
The continuum of capital

Financial Planning Workshop for Small Businesses

The Irving Hispanic Chamber and The Study USA proudly present this one-day business capital literacy seminar that will outline the sources of capital for small businesses. November 17th at 9:00am - 1:00pm The Study, Irving Innovation Center 801 W. Irving Blvd. Free to attend. Register here. Numerous benefits for you take advantage of such as: Gain a greater understanding of the lending market and how your business fits in Obtain tactical next steps for mapping out your access to capital Meet with experts from the banking industry Build your plan for financing your business at each stage of its
Capital Factory

Capital Factory 100k Dallas Diversity & Inclusion Investment Challenge

The Capital Factory, an Austin-based coworking space and accelerator for tech businesses, is expanding to Dallas and offering $100,000 to a diverse tech business. This particular challenge will focus on any tech or consumer startup in the North Texas area with at least one female or person of color on the executive team. In addition to the $100,000, the business will receive free coworking space, free hosting, mentorship opportunities, and more. Any tech or consumer startup can apply on AngelList to pitch at our Funding Day on January 19th. Applications are due by January 5th. Apply Here About
Parkland November 9th Event

Parkland Med-Surg Distribution Vendor Fair

Parkland’s Supplier Diversity in collaboration with Vizient (Parkland’s Group Purchasing Organization) and DFW Minority Supplier Development Council (DFWMSDC) is pleased to host a Med-Surg Distribution Reverse Vendor Fair at DFWMSDC Office location. You are invited to Meet and network with Parkland’s Contracts, Vizient Med-Surg team and Supplier Diversity staff. Meet major Med-Surg Distribution Suppliers including Cardinal, Medline Industries, Owens & Minor and others. Learn about potential subcontracting opportunities available for Parkland’s Med-Surg RFP. Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 Tim