2023 Desserts & More Recap

Desserts & More may be over, but the celebration never ends!

We continue to celebrate and advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs today and every day. If you were able to attend Desserts & More on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023, thank you! We are happy you were able to join us to celebrate 28 years of sweet success in assisting women entrepreneurs. 

Thank you to our sponsors, scholarship donors, speakers, raffle basket and dessert buffet donors, all of the event staff, our Awards committee and Desserts & More committee, and to all of the WBEs who offered their services and helped make this event possible.

We hope it showed how busy we’ve been since the last Desserts & More! Through certification, counseling, and over 100 individual workshops and events, we’ve created a significant economic impact over just one year. Through our SBA grant, we counseled and trained 665 unique entrepreneur clients who supported over 1,100 jobs and generated over $500 million in revenue. Collectively, our 1,765 WBENC certified WBEs have supported over 28,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey, and generated over $9 billion in revenue. We’ve impacted the lives of countless women and the regional economy, but just like our Desserts & More…there is MORE.

Each year, WBEC-East serves over 2,000 women from all socioeconomic backgrounds and in all stages of business development. Through collaborations such as the Harmelin Media Women-Owned Business Scholarship and the CPI Creative Grant, we can offer both start-up and growth support to women working towards business ownership. No matter where you are in your entrepreneurship journey, WBEC-East is here for you.

As a non-profit organization, WBEC-East relies on Desserts & More each year to raise matching funds required for our SBA grant. In fiscal year 2024, our goal is to raise matching funds for our U.S. Small Business Administration grant. We can’t do it alone – we need your ongoing commitment through volunteerism and financial support. Please consider contributing to us through Venmo @WBEC-East or making a donation online. Join us in our mission to address the specific challenges facing women entrepreneurs.

A very special thank you to all of our lovely speakers, including our Emcee Beth Crouse; Women Business Owner Showcase speakers Amber Bowie, and Saundra Gilliard; and also our Awards & Recognition Presenters, Dr. Erica Patterson and Barbara Bosha who presented awards to all of our 2023 Awardees!

We hope you can join us for future programs. Visit our events page here. To stay in the know about upcoming webinars and other resources please subscribe to our newsletter here. Feel free to also stay in touch on social media – please like our Facebook and LinkedIn pages and follow us on Instagram and X.

Thank you for all that you do to support our wonderful WBEC-East community all year round.

*Photo credit: Jaci Downs Photography

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