Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) Partners with Women’s Business Center and U.S. Small Business Administration to Drive Business in Texas
Women Business Owners Build Capabilities and Connections at WBEA Conference May 15-16, 2013
HOUSTON— Tuesday, April 9, 2013 — Women business owners and leaders looking for ways to build their businesses should take note of the latest offerings from the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA). As part of its annual conference this spring, WBEA has teamed up with the Houston Galveston Women’s Business Center (WBC) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to bring valuable resources to new and growing businesses.
“WBEA has extended its network to help women-business enterprises in their endeavors to grow,” WBEA President April Day said. “The Women’s Business Center and the Small Business Administration are natural extensions of WBEA and we’re excited that they’re returning to our annual conference to engage, energize and empower our conference attendees.”
WBC will welcome and advise conference attendees at booth #428, while the U.S. SBA will welcome visitors at booth #824. Together, these two organizations will provide a wide array of trainings, mentors and advisors that conference attendees can use to impact the bottom line.
WBEA and its new leader April Day have assembled a spectacular line-up for this year’s conference, drawing new and familiar faces to the even`t. For instance, KPRC Local 2′s Amy Davis will be the emcee for the conference luncheon on Thursday, May 16 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Katrina Katsarelis, the founder, editor-in-chief, and publisher of Katy Magazine, Sugar Land Magazine, and Cy-Fair Magazine will deliver the keynote address. Katsarelis will energize the audience with ways to successfully market women-owned businesses with any size budget. During the pre-conference luncheon on May 15, attorney and business owner Nelda Luce Blair will discuss how to grow your business in any economy.
Kristin Rickett, principal with Collaborative Engineering Group, looks forward to the conference each year. “The workshops are very informative and geared to helping every business no matter what phase of life your business is in. I enjoy the networking and the Expo the most,” Rickett said. “What a great opportunity to not only meet other women business owners, but to visit with government agencies and corporations that in turn help you grow your business.”
Additional details about WBEA’s Annual Conference, scheduled for May 15-16, 2013, at Reliant Center, can be found online at http://bit.ly/Zocd1A or on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/TexasWBEA. Exhibit hall tickets start at $30 and a two-day event ticket starts at $220. All admission tickets are available for purchase online with discounts ending May 8, 2013.
About the Houston Galveston Women’s Business Center (WBC)
The Houston Galveston Women’s Business Center (WBC) provides support to entrepreneurs in education, scholarships, and matchmaking with corporate contracting offices. We are committed to inspiring and empowering women who want to start or expand their business. The WBC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and housed within the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance. The Houston Galveston Women’s Business Center does not exclude men from services although the primary targets are women who desire to start their own business.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
About the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA)
As an affiliate of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the WBEA serves as a third-party certifying organization for women-owned business enterprises (WBEs) in south Texas. Businesses that are at least 51% owned by a woman and meet specific criteria as outlined by WBENC standards and procedures are eligible for this certification — a designation that is not only recognized but required by most major corporations and governmental agencies as a purchasing criteria.
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