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I just returned from a week of networking, education, and celebration in Dallas with the awesome women (and a few good men) of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council network who attended the annual Summit & Salute. As usual, the programming was nonparallel and the conversations stimulating.

I was asked an interesting question by one of the attendees. “WBENC has 14,000 certified women business owners. Why are there only a handful that attend this event?” she asked. I responded that I imagine that many of them may participate regionally instead of nationally because their reach may only be local or regional. She then pointed out that many of the corporate attendees have regional operations that could be tapped into for that business.

She is right. Take our region, for instance. WBEC-West territory includes Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Southern California, and Hawaii. So General Motors (GM), as an example, because they are headquartered in Michigan, may seem a bit far-fetched for a WBE (or MBE) who serves only California, and they don’t typically attend our events. But, GM buys products and services from all over the world, why not California? So, to borrow a phrase, if the mountain won’t come to us, then we must go to it. We, women, have spent enough time hiding our light, it’s time to shine!

Our annual WBEs Who Rock! contest is underway right now. For those of you who don’t know, this a recognition program created to celebrate WBEs, big and small, who excel in their business and give back to their communities. There are no size or sales criteria. Just show us how you impact your company and community. Brag a little and we will brag for you…a lot. Check out last year’s winners, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXyBnvRYR0s .

If you are ready to shine, or you are a non-profit or corporate advocate who is interested in showing your pride in a WBE vendor, complete the nomination form on our website at http://www.mbemag.com/images/Nominee_Form.pdf  We will select up to 10 finalists to be recognized along with our WBEs Who Rock! cover features on June 19 in Detroit, MI at the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair. Remember, we accept international nominees as well. Deadline is May 15..

If you are interested in sponsoring the WBEs Who Rock! Reception in Detroit, send an email to boliver@mbemag.com.

This is YOUR time to shine!

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