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Org Name: Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
Field / Industry: Leading advocate for and authority on Women’s Business Enterprises as suppliers to the nation’s corporations and government entities.
Date Founded: 01/01/1997
Name of Founder: Susan Phillips Bari
Location(s) & Level: Washington, DC – Headquarters
Contact Name: Pat Birmingham
Contact Phone #: 202.872.5515
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Director: Pamela Prince-Eason
Mission Statement: The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is dedicated to advancing the success of certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs), Corporate Members, and government agencies in partnership with its Regional Partner Organizations.
Why was your organization launched? Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leading third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women, and the leading advocate for and authority on WBENC-Certified WBEs as suppliers to corporations. It was launched to level the playing field for women’s businesses to compete for corporate contracts.
What are the organization’s goals for this year? WBENC is advancing its WBENC Roadmap to 2020, a strategic plan to enable innovative partnerships among our Corporate and Government Members and WBEs to enhance their products and services and help grow the economy.
Along those lines, WBENC will continue to understand their requirements so that it can enable WBEs to enhance their skills and capacity to meet the changing needs and expectations of WBENC’s Corporate and Government Members. This also requires them to stay current with the key business trends that are driving growth.
Internally, WBENC is improving its technology to support the delivery of its services to the WBENC community. WBENC will be working to enhance its systems to support its business intelligence, improved workflow and systems integration, and provide additional capabilities to provide key information to WBENC Members on the location and other data about its WBENC-certified WBEs.
Annual Major Event(s): WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, which will take place at the Cobo Center, June 19th through 21st, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.
Favorite National Holiday(s) / Special Date(s):
• Women’s History Month
• National Small Business Week (May)