WBENC 2018 in Detroit, Michigan is the place to be!

You will want to attend this year’s annual WBENC Conference and Business Fair if you are a woman business owner and you have:

  1. Visions of growing your business via export
  2. Interest in or already had experience selling B2B, and/or
  3. Capacity to manufacture in larger volumes

The WBENC Conference and Business Fair is the perfect opportunity for women business owners in all industries to connect with buyers and supplier diversity specialists of Fortune 500 companies about how your business could become one of their suppliers. Many U.S. corporations are interested in buying from women-owned companies.

This year’s WBENC will be held in Detroit, Michigan. To take in all of the events, you will want to arrive in Detroit by late afternoon on Sunday, June 17 and stay until Thursday, June 21. The Business Fair is on Wednesday June 20th.

Registering for WBENC 2018, it as easy as 1…2…3.

  1. Book your hotel room and pay for your WBENC registration. Hotel rooms book up fast and registration is limited so do it sooner rather than later. Here’s the link.
  2. Also sooner rather later, connect with BWIT, the Government of Canada Business Women in International Trade program. Let them know you will be attending WBENC 2018. For the 10th year, BWIT and the Women’s Enterprise Initiative (WEI) are working collaboratively to provide you with opportunities to find potential export markets. The sooner they know you’re attending WBENC, the more connections they may be able to find for your business.
  3. Let your provincial women’s enterprise initiative (WEI) staff know you’re attending:

WEC – Women’s Enterprise Centre in British Columbia  

AWE – Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

WESK – Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan

WECM – Women’s Enterprise Centre Manitoba

You don’t need supplier diversity certification to attend the WBENC Conference and Business Fair. However, it can be helpful to know what supplier diversity certification is because you will hear the term mentioned many times and you will probably be asked if you are a certified diverse supplier. Don’t know what that means, talk to your WEI staff; they will explain this opportunity.

Finally, if you’re interested in growing your business via export but this blog post is confusing you, start with point #3. Contact your provincial women’s enterprise centre; they will answer all your questions and help you decide what’s best for you and your business.

Written by Nancy Brommell, Business Advisor with the Women’s Enterprise Centre Manitoba. The western Canadian Women’s Enterprise Initiative (WEI), funded by Western Economic Diversification, works collaboratively with each other and Business Women in International Trade to support women business owners interested in growing their businesses via export.

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