Tuesday, June 19

Kickoff Luncheon

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join us for the official kickoff to the 2018 National Conference & Business Fair! We are thrilled to welcome you to Detroit for what is sure to be an amazing three days. During our first official general session, you can expect key updates from leaders in the WBENC network, inspiring speakers and entertainment, and of course, a delicious lunch to help you fuel up for an afternoon of informative workshops.


Welcome Reception

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

After an exciting first day of workshops and speakers, head to the beautiful Atrium at the Cobo Center for fun, food and drinks at our official Welcome Reception. We’ll have heavy appetizers and plenty of opportunities to mingle and network.


Wednesday, June 20

Business Fair Breakfast

7:45 am – 9:30 a.m.


Business Fair Buffet Lunch

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

When you’re ready for a break from the Business Fair, head over to Hall B anytime between noon at 2 p.m. The buffet lunch will be open the entire time, allowing you to refuel at your convenience and head back to the Business Fair ready to network and explore more business opportunities.


Evening Event

Eastern Market

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

After a busy day walking the Business Fair floor, it’s time to unwind and have some fun. Join us at Detroit’s historic Eastern Market where you can unleash your creativity with collaborative art projects, live music, karaoke, a Women Owned pop up shop, and more. Transportation will be provided from both the Marriott and MGM hotels starting at 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 21

Finale Luncheon & Keynote

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

As the National Conference & Business Fair winds to a close, we’ll celebrate a successful week together with a Finale Luncheon, featuring special awards, programming and inspiring speakers to help keep the momentum going well after we leave Detroit.