1:1 MatchMaker Meetings

Open ONLY to WBENC-Certified WBEs and WEConnect Certified WBEs who purchase a full conference registration; WBENC-Certified WBE Sponsors; WBENC-Cerified WBE Sponsor Guests; and WBENC-Certified WBE Exhibitors who register by the Early Bird deadline of April 3, 2017. 

1:1 MatchMaker is a corporate-driven program for Certified Women's Business Enterprises to have a pre-scheduled, one-on-one meeting with a Corporate or Government Member and/or their prime suppliers/key business partners to explore 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tier sourcing opportunities and to learn how to be considered for these opportunities. Corporate and Government purchasing officials are WBENC National Members.

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Appointments for 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings will be offered based on the corporation's interest. Please note, there are a limited number of appointments available and it is possible that not every eligible WBE will receive a meeting. 

Each meeting is a 20 minute session, and takes place on Thursday June 23 between 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM and between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM.  The MatchMaker meetings will take place in the Mandalay Bay Ballroom.  Please be sure to print your schedule once table numbers have been assigned after scheduling has ended.

Registering by April 3rd will ensure a WBE is eligible for the 1:1 MatchMaker Selection process. However, it does not guarantee that a meeting will be extended.


WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR MATCHMAKERS?


April 7th:  WBE ACTION ITEM

ONLY the female owner will receive an email from matchmakers@wbenc.org with directions to create or update the company’s MatchMaker profile and to block schedule times so that no meeting can be scheduled at a time that the WBE is not available.  If the owner is not attending, please make sure she is aware of the email and knows which staff person to forward it to.  If no email is received by the owner, please email matchmakers@wbenc.org for directions.

May 3rd : WBE DEADLINE

All WBE profiles must be completed. Those WBEs that do not submit a profile, will automatically be excluded from the selection process.  

June 2nd: CORPORATE DEADLINE FOR SCHEDULING

After the May 3rd WBE deadline, the participating Corporate Members will begin to review the eligible profiles to identify the WBEs that sell the products/services they currently need. After reviewing the WBEs who meet their needs, they will determine which WBE(s) will receive an invitation to meet 1:1 for 20 minutes. All scheduling must be completed by June 2nd. 

June 14th: WBE ACTION ITEM

Print your final schedule.  Schedules printed prior to this date will not have the table numbers assigned.  Table numbers must be on the schedule!


HOW WILL I KNOW IF A MEETING HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MY COMPANY?

Each WBE has access to their schedule when logged into the MatchMaker tool.  It is strongly recommend that you monitor your company’s online schedule once a week to see if a meeting has been scheduled. While auto emails are generated, delivery is not guaranteed. Most of the Corporate Members will schedule between May 19th and June 2nd, which is why weekly monitoring is important.  In addition, meetings may be canceled and rescheduled by the Corporate Members, so it is important to check the schedule just prior to the start of MatchMakers to ensure no changes have taken place.

Meetings are automatically accepted on the behalf of the WBE Company.  No action is required by the WBE unless they wish to cancel the meeting.

Important!  Because each WBE is able to personalize their schedule and block meeting times that they know they are not available to attend, no meeting will be rescheduled due to travel or other conference event involvement.  


CAN A WBE REQUEST A MEETING WITH A CORPORATE MEMBER?

All corporations participating in MatchMaker will be listed in the MatchMaker tool by May 2nd. If you see that a company is participating, you may reach out to the supplier diversity team using the contact information in WBENCLink2.0. When doing this, please keep in mind that the person you are emailing may not be the MatchMaker participant and will need to forward the email to the appropriate person.  You will want to let them know you understand what their company does and what your solution for them is. In addition, it is important you convey you understand the MatchMaker process and are requesting a meeting only if they have available time slots.  Please do not contact any company that has not been identified in the MatchMaker tool as a participant.


I HAVE A 1:1 MATCHMAKER MEETING SCHEDULED, NOW WHAT?

This is your time to convince the corporation to take your company to the next level, so do your homework.  Every company is different, convince them that your company can meet their specific needs because you understand what those needs are! To prepare for the meeting you can review the 1:1 MatchMakers 101 webinar available on WBENC Insights.

  • Be on time!  WBEs who arrive late, will not be allowed to enter the MatchMaker room.

Arrive 20 minutes prior to your meeting to check in and be seated in the holding room. Information regarding registration will be provided via email to the participants prior to traveling to the event from MatchMakers@wbenc.org


Who can I contact regarding MatchMaker?

For more information regarding MatchMaker, please email matchmakers@wbenc.org or call Susan Cates at 202-872-5515 X 8100.