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Meet your 2023 Encore Council

The WBCS Encore Council was formed to support the WBCS mission through knowledge, expertise, and relationships. Co-chaired by Sharon Evans, President of CFJ Manufacturing LP, and Betty Manetta of Argent Associates, Inc, the Encore Council is made up of 20 former WBCS Board Members, along with other influential community leaders who have retired from corporate America. Council members come from a vast range of industries and have achieved a high degree of expertise in their particular niche. They are a dedicated group of trailblazers, with a vast bank of knowledge and experience to help empower

Sharon Evans named Global Team First Vice-Chair

The Women's Business Council - Southwest is thrilled to share that Sharon Evans, CEO CFJ Manufacturing, has been named the Global Team First Vice Chair for the WBENC Forum. “We are thrilled to have Sharon Evans represent the Women’s Business Council-Southwest at the National level as the Global Team First Vice Chair for WBENC. She is an incredible leader with the experience to help shape the important work of this committee, and foster dialogue as it relates to the global initiatives, economic growth and development that impact WBE’s and Supplier Diversity Champions alike.” Bliss Coulter |

Meet our new Vice President of Operations & Strategy!

Hi everyone, My name is Lindsay Pittard, and I am thankful to have been a part of the Women’s Business Council - Southwest for the past 8 years! Since 2014, I have served as our Director of Programs, Executive Director of Programs, and am honored to now serve as the new Vice President of Operations & Strategy. Over the years, I have strategically guided our professional and personal development opportunities, recruited annual sponsors, and engaged with certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and corporate members through all major, educational and regional programs. In my new role, my

2023 Parade of Stars Gala Award Winners

The Parade of Stars Awards Gala is an evening event honoring Women’s Business Enterprises and Corporate Members who go above and beyond to ensure the successes of women-owned businesses. 2023 Award Winners WBE Volunteer of the Year The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a WBE, Corporate Member, and Regional Volunteer that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve the Women's Business Council - Southwest, and it's members. Winners of this category are nominated and selected by the WBCS Team Members. WBE Volunteer of the Year Jennifer Schaumburg | Fuse Solutions "Being recognized

Chanel Christoff Davis recognized as 2023 WBE Star

2023 WBCS National WBE Star Chanel Christoff Davis Davis Davis & Harmon LLC The WBE Star Award is the nation’s top recognition for excellence among women-owned businesses, honoring 14 women from across the country within each of our 14 Regional Partner Organizations who are leaders in their local business communities and respective fields, and an inspiration to women business owners across the country. In 2023, WBENC sought to recognize and celebrate WBEs who have demonstrated remarkable resilience and capacity to reinvent themselves. These WBE Stars are being honored for perseverance and

Parade of Stars Gala Fundraisers

Bling Box Reveal How it Works When you purchase a bling box for $50, you are guaranteed one of three fabulous prizes valued at $125, PLUS a chance at one grand prize medley valued at $8,800. Guaranteed Prize Selections 1/10 CT. T.W. Genuine Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver 1/10 CT. T.W. Genuine Diamond Heart Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver 2-Pc Diamond Accent Necklace Set in 14kt Gold over Sterling Silver Grand Prize Medley 3/4 CT. T.W. Lab Grown 35mm Diamond Hoop Earrings in 10K Yellow Gold 1 CT. T.W. Lab Grown Diamond Stud Earrings in 10K White Gold Effy 1 1/2 CT. T.W

Parade of Stars Live Auction Sneak Peek

Dinner Party Provided by Catering By Chef Mark In-home, gourmet 3 course meal plus appetizers for you and 5 of your guests (menu designed by you and the chef) Service area within 15 miles of zip code 75067 Subject to availability *Gratuity left at client’s discretion Take Me Out to the Ball Game Provided by Perimeter Global Logistics (PGL), Live! By Loews, Texas Rangers Baseball Club 4 tickets in the VIP Lexus Club with 2 reserved parking passes for the 4/27 game against the Yankees (includes free buffet & drinks) 2 night stay plus tax and valet for one vehicle at Live! By Loews in Arlington

Power of Partnering Roundup 1-3-2023

DEC Network and Bank7 Small Business Grant Program What: The DEC Network and Bank7 are looking to provide a number of grants to small businesses in the amounts of $2,500-$5,000. The grants are intended for small businesses (with gross annual revenues of $1M or less) specifically located in Southern Dallas County. These businesses would ideally have been established on or before 2019, have a minimum of 3 employees, be able to provide proof of good standing with the State of Texas, and be able to provide their most recent tax returns. When: Launched December 2022 Where: Learn More & Register

Opening New Doors with Anderson Asphalt & Concrete Paving

The paving industry is male-dominated, so being woman-owned absolutely stands out. I’ve been in the business since 1992, so I know the industry well, and I’m also well known. I received a Lillie Knox award, and with the funding I purchased a digital grade control system for our asphalt lay down machine. This controls the thickness of asphalt installed so the finished road has a smooth finish without bumps and dips. Many road paving projects have very stringent smoothness requirements and without this system, we could not bid on these projects. With this new grade control system, I am able to

2022 Lillie Knox Investment Award Winner - Bliss Bracelets

Bliss Bracelets LLC Tell us about Bliss Bracelets Bliss Bracelets LLC is the company behind Blisslets, the only acupressure bracelets that are also stylish accessories. Acupressure bands have been around for decades, but until recently, the only options available were conspicuous plastic or sweatband-style devices. I started dreaming up Blisslets after using the sweatband-style products during my first pregnancy. I had terrible morning sickness, and I found that acupressure made the difference between being debilitated with nausea and being able to function in work and life. However, during my