General Questions

What is the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair (NCBF)?
What are the conference dates?

The conference starts with the Pre-Conference events on Monday, June 24 and officially begins Tuesday, June 25 with the Kickoff Luncheon. The Business Fair will be held Wednesday, June 26 and on Thursday, June 27 the Tribute! Dinner and 2020 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 Baltimore Convention Center:

1 W Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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 from around the world.

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 4,700 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. However, a full exhibitor list will be published and regularly updated on the conference website. Attendees will also be able to 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.

What will the weather be like in Baltimore?

The weather in Baltimore in late June typically has average highs of 85 degrees and lows of 65 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 a number of interactive programming activities.

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 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.

I would like to purchase an ad, is that possible?

Advertising opportunities at the National Conference & Business Fair are reserved for sponsors. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.