Connections to Contracts is a procurement-focused event from September 10-11 connecting women-owned businesses with corporations and each other. This virtual offering features a welcome reception, corporate “roundtable” procurement discussions, a c-suite executive keynote address, “prime time” sessions led by corporate members and their Tier 1 suppliers, exhibitor booths featuring select sponsors, small group networking, and one-on-one networking.
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 4, 2020)
Connections to Contracts
Our signature procurement event connecting WBEs to corporations and each other will be virtual this year on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11, 2020. Highlights include corporate “roundtable” discussions and multiple opportunities to network via small group video chats and one-on-one video chats.
Harvesting Partnerships is a half-day conference focused on top-tier educational programming. The event begins with the Lillie Knox Memorial Luncheon featuring a keynote speaker and the Lillie Knox Investment Award presentation. The afternoon is dedicated to educational workshops and a networking reception. (November 5th - Online)
Table Topics - Virtual
Table Topics Luncheon is a monthly series featuring a networking lunch and a keynote speaker focused on communication, business development, or personal development. There are 10 luncheons in 2020, held February through November. They are currently being held in a virtual format via Zoom.
Trade Talk is a quarterly industry-focused event featuring open networking and Sustaining (Corporate) Member remarks on industry trends and their supplier diversity initiatives. Held in March, June, October and December, the industries featured are healthcare, public entities, finance, and construction respectively. These events are exclusively reserved for WBE members and the event’s corporate sponsors.
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.
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, Director of Programs. The worksheet will be updated in real time to update availability.