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2019 WBENC Summit & Salute: LIFTOFF: Launch. Rise. Succeed.

The 2019 WBENC Summit & Salute is dedicated to the development, growth, and success of women-owned businesses. From March 11 - 13, 2019, women entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, diversity and inclusion experts, and other supporters will gather in Houston, Texas for three days of networking and learning, all centered around finding and nurturing business opportunities for women-owned businesses.

Help us honor our 2019 Women’s Business Enterprise Stars and pay tribute to the 2018 America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises.

Highlight Event: The Procurement Opportunity Connection

(WBENC-Certified WBEs Must Register by January 22, 2019 to qualify for the 1:1 Matchmaker Meetings)

Participating Corporate Members will be available in two separate sessions:

  • Monday, March 11 from 9:00AM – 11:45AM: The 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection are prescheduled meetings that are extended by participating WBENC-Certified WBE buyers based on their current product/service needs. Formerly done as a Women’s Enterprise Forum activity, we are expanding this opportunity due to popularity and opportunities.
  • Tuesday, March 12 from 9:00AM - 12:00PM: The Procurement Opportunity Connection: Meet & Greet session designed for WBENC-Certified WBEs to position their companies and products and/or services to participating Corporate Members and Government Agencies.  No appointments are required and all WBENC-Certified WBEs with a full Summit & Salute registration may participate.
  • Wednesday, March 13 from 8:00AM – 11:00AM: The 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings are an opportunity for WBENC-Certified WBEs to have *appointments with Corporate Members and their prime suppliers/key business partners to explore 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tier sourcing opportunities and to learn how to be considered for these opportunities. (Must be registered by the early bird deadline of January 22, 2019.

*Appointments for 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings will be offered based on the corporation's interest and applicability and there is no guarantee of a meeting.

Who can attend Summit & Salute? EVERYONE

— WBENC invites all WBENC-Certified Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), WBENC Corporate and Government Members – including senior level executives, Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), buyers and procurement representatives, supplier diversity professionals, and federal, state, and local government officials. We also invite non-WBENC-Certified business owners and non-WBENC member Corporate and Government representatives to join us and learn about our organization and vast community.

When and where will WBENC’s 2019 Summit & Salute be held?

WBENC’s 2019 Summit & Salute will be held March 11-13 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, TX. The Salute! Dinner will take place on Wednesday night March 13, 2019.


How do I register?

Registration opened November 12. Go to to register and reserve your hotel room at the WBENC group rate. Early bird pricing ends January 22, 2019.  See the available Sponsorship opportunities through the Summit & Salute registration site or in the 2019 WBENC Sponsorship Brochure. Opportunities are going fast, so get your preferred package now!

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Who do I contact for additional information?

For online registration questions call Customer Service toll free at 1-800-310-7554, 9am-5pm, EST, Monday – Friday or send an email to:

Attendees –
Sponsors –

International registrants, please call 240-439-2554

For general registration questions contact WBENC Customer Service at

For sponsorships, contact Mia Delano, Senior Director, Business Development, WBENC or Jillian Schneeberger, Senior Director, Marketing, Programs & Business Development at

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