WBCS is excited to announce that we are joining forces on September 30th with four of the BEST Girl Bosses in the business to bring you a live panel discussion on where you can find support for your women-owned business in the Austin community.
Join us this year for Connections to Contracts, a procurement-focused event connecting women-owned businesses with corporations and each other. The goal of this virtual event is to provide access to business opportunities between our members that eventually lead to contracts, therefore helping women-owned businesses achieve parity.
Prime suppliers are an important part of the supply chain, and provide opportunities for you to work directly with them to gain business, while also allowing corporations to fulfill their diversity goals. This year at Connections to Contracts, attendees will be able to attend three virtual Prime Time sessions, hosted by BNSF Railway, Lockheed Martin, and PepsiCo.
2020 is an important year for the Women's Business Council - Southwest, as it marks our 25th year of certifying, connecting, and supporting women-owned businesses throughout our region. As the mid-point of the year approaches, we took some time to reflect on and celebrate the twists and turns of the past 6 months.
With the recent recommendations from the CDC concerning coronavirus (COVID-19), WBCS headquarters are closed to outside visitors until after March 31, 2020. The Council is still open for business and all staff are working remotely to ensure their health, so please feel free to email or call staff if you have any questions.
At WBCS, in-person networking is essential to the work we do and to each of your businesses, but we are also committed to taking every precaution to protect your health. With the recent recommendations from the CDC concerning coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to postpone or alter our events over the next 8 weeks.
The awards gala is an opportunity for the Women's Business Council - Southwest to recognize Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Corporate (Sustaining) Members that have gone above and beyond to support women-owned businesses and promote supplier diversity initiatives.
As we move in to our 25th anniversary year, we are excited to celebrate a successful 2019! Highlights of this year include a notable 28% growth in Sustaining (Corporate) Members and over $11 million in total WBE gross revenue.
On November 12, the Women's Business Council - Southwest hosted an open house for members and non-members alike to meet the WBCS staff and tour the office headquarters. Attendees learned about 2019 organizational insights and performance from WBCS President, Debbie Hurst. The 2020 Board of Directors were also introduced.
This outreach event caters specifically to women of color business owners and their staff who are interested in doing business with corporations and/or government entities.