Melinda Zito O’Brien, Founder and Owner of Energy Utility Group, started working in the energy sector after seeing a new opportunity emerge as energy became deregulated in the U.S. And now she’s on a mission to help fellow Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) reduce their energy costs while incorporating sustainability into their operations.
Renee Gilmore is the President of a women-owned and operated firefighter company, Firemans Paving Contractors. Located in Fort Worth, the company proudly services the DFW area and has been WBCS certified for 3 years. Renee serves on our Parade of Stars Gala Committee and was also a 2018 Lillie Knox Recipient. We reached out to her to discuss how certification and the Lillie Knox Investment Award has helped her business grow.
"WBCS is a central place to gain business development insight, focus on your organization’s vision, and surround yourself with positive people." - Chanel Christoff Davis
"The best reason to get certified is to connect with other women-owned businesses. For a small company like Kanti Goods, it is much harder to get your foot in the door at any of the large companies, and so the bigger opportunities for me are with the other WBEs. " - Ernestine Lammers
"From the beginning, the biggest benefit has been the education, inspiration and informal mentoring from fellow WBEs. Although intangible, these have been extremely valuable for my professional development and the long-term success of my business." -Tracy Southers-Parker
Yesterday we looked at the process for creating a compelling pitch. Writing it out is the first step, but once you have it ready to go, what’s next?
Earlier this year Software Professionals, Inc (SPI). was in the market for new company videos for their website and sponsored events. They turned to the WBCS Membership Directory and were able to connect with fellow WBE CM Productions.
Five of our members were recently presented with awards at the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development E-Awards. These awards celebrate the achievements of companies and indivuals who demonstrate operational excellence and real results related to the engagement and use of certified ethnic minority-owned businesses.
ICON Information Consultants, has been as ranked as the largest women-owned business in the Houston area for the third year in a row by the Houston Business Journal.
WBE Merrilee Kick, president and CEO of Southern Champion/BuzzBallz, was recently featured in Dallas Innovates. Her company's signature product, BuzzBallz, is a line of premixed cocktails in colorful, ball-like containers with equally colorful names.