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General Events

Parade of Stars Awards Gala

The Parade of Stars Awards Gala is an illuminating semi-formal evening event honoring Women’s Business Enterprises and Sustaining (Corporate) Members who go above and beyond to ensure the successes of women-owned businesses. The event features a cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony, and after party (February 25th, 2022).

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Connections to Contracts

Our signature procurement-focused event connecting women-owned businesses with corporations and each other. This event features corporate roundtable procurement discussions, a c-suite executive keynote address, corporate industry insights, WBE success stories, and a networking reception.
 

Harvesting Partnerships

This half-day educational conference features networking, WBE led roundtable discussions on business themes, and a keynote luncheon that includes the Lillie Knox Investment Award presentation.
 

Table Topics

Table Topics are educational events that feature networking and a keynote speaker focused on communication, business development, or personal development. For those attending in-person, lunch is also included. There are 10 luncheons in 2022, held February through November, typically on the second Tuesday of the month.

Stage Series Workshops

Every other month, Women’s Business Enterprises will participate in overarching themed presentations and group discussions, based on their business stage: Start Up (under 3 years), Emerging (3 – 5 years), and Sustaining (5+ years).  Each stage will meet 6 times in 2022, January through November, typically on the third week of alternating months, with the Start Up session on Tuesday, the Emerging session on Wednesday, and the Sustaining session on Thursday.

NextGen Program

A variety of recruitment and member programs designed for women business owners under 40. Events include business mixers and speaker programs. There is also a mentoring program for prospective and current members. All events are open to the public, but the target audience is Generation X, Millennial, and Generation Z women business owners.

Prospective WBE Info Sessions

Each info session features a panel of Corporate Members, Women’s Business Enterprises, and/or community partners who discuss and answer questions on the benefits of Women’s Business Enterprise certification. 

Women of Color Program

A variety of recruitment and member programs designed for women of color business owners. Events include business mixers, listening sessions, and speaker programs. There is also a mentoring program for prospective and current members. 

Corporate Breakfast Club

This event is an informal gathering for Corporate Members to candidly discuss supplier diversity related topics and gain insights to strengthen their supplier diversity programs.

DFW Happy Hours

This events have no formal programming, and are simply time for women-owned businesses and corporations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to connect.

Austin Events

Austin Insights

This is an educational, evening program featuring an Austin executive keynote address and networking reception.

Connections to Contracts - Austin

This is a procurement-focused event connecting women-owned businesses with corporations and each other. This event features a networking breakfast, corporate roundtable procurement discussions, and a business resource panel discussion.
 

Austin Women-Owned Wednesdays

This event series features networking and a keynote presentation focused on a business topic relevant to the Austin community. There are 10 virtual luncheons in 2022, held January through October, typically on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Lillie Knox Investment Award

The Lillie Knox Investment Award is a cash prize of up to $20,000, exclusively available to WBCS Women's Business Enterprises, to help further business growth. Current members, in good standing, are welcome to apply annually for consideration.

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Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities

Take advantage of the opportunity to support WBCS, while obtaining valuable recognition for your organization.

Sponsorships are available exclusively to our members. With the help of our sponsors, WBCS will continue to host the events and programs that give our members the chance to grow their businesses.  

To become a WBCS sponsor, please complete the worksheet below and send it to Lindsay Pittard, Executive Director of Programs. The worksheet will be updated in real time to update availability.

Thank you to our 2022 Pillar Sponsors! These WBE and Corporate members have chosen to support our programming in the areas of Mentoring and Outreach, Capacity Building and/or Procurement.