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Women’s Business Enterprise National Conference & Business Fair
June 20, 2017 - June 22, 2017
JOIN FORCES. SUCCEED TOGETHER.
Our "Join Forces. Succeed Together." theme underscores the need to strengthen our partnerships not only with our valued Corporate and Government members but also between our certified WBEs. This joining of forces across all constituents is critical to our collective success, which will result in fueling economic growth by opening up new channels of revenue and creating jobs across both the public and private sector.
The National Conference & Business Fair is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S. The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is attended by Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs); senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; and select partner organizations whose missions’ align with WBENC’s vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace. With three days of robust programming, the conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders, engaging panel discussions, 1:1 MatchMaker sessions, networking receptions, and a notable Business Fair.
PRE-CONFERENCE – MONDAY, JUNE 19 (NEW FOR 2017!)
Arrive in Las Vegas a day early to participate in the pre-conference activities. In the morning WBENC will host its inaugural NextGen Meeting. This RSVP-required event is for individuals in the WBENC network under the age of 40. It will be a morning of targeted programming, sharing experiences, and speakers. First Time Attendees can attend a First Time Attendee Orientation session led by the Host Council, WBEC West, where they’ll learn about how to navigate the National Conference and make the most of their time in Las Vegas. WBENC-Certified WBEs can also attend the Women’s Enterprise Forum Meeting where they have the opportunity to connect with other WBEs, participate in special programming and learn more about the WBENC network. Hear insights from the keynote speaker from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Women’s Enterprise Forum. This keynote is open to all attendees.
TUESDAY, JUNE 20
The conference officially starts Tuesday at the energetic Kickoff Luncheon. Following the luncheon attendees can attend robust workshops designed to engage all attendees. The day concludes with the Welcome Reception where attendees can network. This will be one of many opportunities to bid on a variety of exciting auction items.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
The second day of the conference is centered on the Business Fair. The morning starts with the Business Fair Breakfast and Opening Ceremony. Throughout the day, attendees explore the Business Fair floor to discover opportunities with over 350 exhibitors, exchange ideas and connect with each other. Take a break mid-day at your leisure, in our Business Fair Luncheon area where a buffet will be waiting for you. After a high energy day of networking, the exciting Evening Event provides attendees the perfect venue to unwind, have fun and make informal connections.
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
The final day of the conference offers attendees the opportunity to take advantage of the many resources available to them including progressive educational workshops and pre-scheduled 1:1 MatchMaker meetings. The Finale Conference Luncheon offers attendees the opportunity to hear an insightful keynote presentation. The conference concludes in the evening with the Tribute! Dinner where we celebrate the strategic partners and individuals whose dedication propels WBENC’s mission forward. The dinner is followed by the 2018 Motown Launch Party to pass the torch to the 2018 National Conference & Business Fair!