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Matchmakers + Meet & Greets

Virtual Procurement Meetings
December 6 & 8, 2022

WBEs: $45

Register now! Scheduling opens 11/17!

Join WBEC-East as we virtually bring together certified WBEs with supplier diversity executives from our Corporate and Government Members to create meaningful procurement conversations.
Register by 11/16 – Scheduling opens 11/17!

Key Dates:

Wed 11/9      Suggested deadline for Corporate Members to register

Wed 11/16    Suggested deadline for WBEs to register

Thurs 11/17   Scheduling opens for both Meet & Greets and Matchmakers. Meet & Greet spots are first come, first serve.

Tues 12/6     Meet & Greet roundtables occur: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 AM & 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 PM

Wed 12/7      Break for Corporates to send additional 1-on-1 Matchmaker invitations

Thurs 12/8    1-on-1 Matchmaker meetings occur throughout the day

December 6: What’s a Meet & Greet?

A Meet & Greet is like speed-dating for small business owners with their targeted clients. Participating Corporate Members will host timed roundtables throughout the morning and afternoon on 12/6 to meet in small groups with up to 5 WBEs at a time.

How does it work? Certified WBEs sign up in advance for a Meet & Greet roundtable with the corporation of their choice. During your meeting, you and up to 4 other WBEs will meet for 20 minutes with the corporate representative. You’ll go around the room to pitch your business, and the corporate representative will share their procurement processes and opportunities. After 20 minutes you’ll leave the meeting and hop onto another roundtable meeting to meet a different corporation.

There will be 3 rounds in the morning and 3 rounds in the afternoon on Tuesday 12/6, which means you can meet up to 6 different corporate representatives. Register multiple people from your company to divide and conquer even more Meet & Greet meetings!

This is an excellent opportunity to get that initial “handshake” with potential corporate clients, while meeting other WBEs at the same time!

December 8: What’s a Matchmaker?

A Matchmaker is a 1-on-1 meeting between a Corporate Member and a certified WBE to further discuss business opportunities. These are invitation-only meetings where the Corporate participant selects which WBE they would like to meet.

How does it work? Corporate Members send invitations directly to registered WBEs to meet 1-on-1. All 1-on-1 Matchmakers will occur on Thursday 12/8. You may receive an invitation at any time from a Corporate Member, up to two weeks prior to the event or even the same-day. WBEs will receive an email notification as soon as you have received a Matchmaker invitation.

So What’s the Difference?

Meet & Greet

WBEs select which Corporate Members they would like to meet with on 12/6

Meetings are 5-to-1 to ensure as many WBEs as possible get to participate


Corporate Members select which WBEs they would like to meet with on 12/8

Meetings are 1-on-1

Fees to Attend

$45 – Certified WBEs

$60 – Other Certified Diverse Suppliers (MBEs, VBEs, DOBEs, LGBTBEs)

No Cost – WBEC-East Corporate & Government Council Members