The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is a non-profit organization established to support women-owned businesses. They offer tools, services, and conferences that allow women-led companies to thrive and expand. We recently went to the 2022 WBENC Conference, and while we found various improvements in programs, we think there are still some aspects that deserve more attention.

In this episode, we share how WBENC began and how the council helps women entrepreneurs. We describe our experience with the recently concluded WBENC Conference—especially the parts we liked. We explain how the trade show could have been better and in what ways WBENC can improve upon its program structure. We also discuss the perks of being a WBENC partner and the networking benefits of being an active participant.

Topics discussed in this episode of Breaking Barriers, Building Hire Ground:

  • Discussing the history of WBENC
  • How WBENC promotes women-owned businesses
  • Networking during conferences and finding other women-owned businesses
  • How we saw the WBENC Conference change over time
  • The potential of being a WBENC partner
  • What we’d like to see in future conferences
  • Why we didn’t like the trade show

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