General Questions

What is the 2018 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair (NCBF)?
What are the conference dates?

The conference starts with the Pre-Conference events on Monday, June 18 and officially begins Tuesday, June 19 with the Kickoff Luncheon. The Business Fair will be held Wednesday, June 20 and on Thursday, June 21 the Tribute! Dinner and 2019 Launch Party conclude the conference. Please click to review the schedule and event locations.

What are the conference locations?

The conference’s events will take place at the Cobo Center:

1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

Who should attend the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair?

WBENC-Certified Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), WBENC Corporate and Government Members, Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), Corporate and Government Members, business owners (female and male), buyers and procurement representatives, supplier diversity professionals, and federal, state, and local government officials. We also look forward to welcoming international women business owners Certified by WEConnect International affiliates based in China, Europe, India, and Peru.

Which industries will be represented at the Conference?

You’ll connect with women owned businesses and Fortune 500 companies that are industry leaders in healthcare, travel and logistics, energy, retail, transportation, telecommunications, finance, banking, office supplies and consumer-packaged goods to name a few, as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

How many attendees and exhibitors do you expect?

The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is expected to draw more than 4,300 attendees and as many as 350 exhibitors including Fortune 500 companies and America’s leading Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

Do you publish the attendee list?

No, the full attendee list is not published due to privacy policies. Attendees can check-in on the WBENC Mobile App once the app is available. In addition, WBENC-Certified WBEs and Corporate Members can utilize www.wbenclink.org to look up contact information for individuals within the network.

Explain the WBENC theme - Join Forces. Succeed Together. - and its relevance to the conference?

As we progress on the Road to Growth and Sustainability, it is apparent that the need to strengthen our partnerships, not only with our valued Corporate and Government members but also between our certified WBEs, is critical to our collective success. This success will result in fueling economic growth by opening new channels of revenue and creating jobs across both the public and private sector. During the National Conference & Business Fair, WBENC will expand networking, matchmaking and mentoring opportunities as well as a keen focus on delivering industry expertise and innovation across our WBE constituents and the Corporate and Government members. The theme of "Join Forces. Succeed Together." is exemplified by the accessibility at the conference to all constituents in order to partner and forge new relationships and create opportunities.

What will the weather be like in Detroit?

The weather in Detroit in late June typically has average highs of 80 degrees and lows of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

What can I expect from keynote speakers and panelists at the NCBF?

Speakers include nationally recognized experts in relevant topics on business, finance, and key trends. Top executives from major corporations who value the contributions of women in business and a host of talented women business owners with a proven track record of achievement have been invited to share their expertise through keynote speeches and by leading or moderating a number of workshops.

What is the dress code for the conference?

The recommended attire for all conference activities during business hours is business casual. The dress code changes for the evening events.

The Tuesday evening Welcome Reception and Silent Auction is business casual.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their conference t-shirt to the Wednesday Evening Event.

The Thursday Tribute! Dinner and Awards Ceremony is business or cocktail attire.

What are the conference rules and regulations?

To view the registration process as well as the rules and regulations for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors, click here.

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