How-to-Nominate VideoAdvocate of the Year AwardDE&I LeadershipDone Deals AwardsPartner of the Year AwardResiliency AwardTrusted Advisor AwardWBE Leadership AwardScholarship and Competition WinnersPast Award CategoriesNational Awards

Advocate of the Year Award


 
This honor is awarded to an employee of a WBEC-East corporate or government member in good standing who has done the most to promote business opportunities for WBENC-certified WBEs. This individual has provided exceptional support to women business enterprises and demonstrated leadership in the promotion and utilization of WBENC-certified WBEs..
 
 
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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Leadership


This honor is awarded to WBEC-East certified Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) and WBEC-East Council Member Organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (“DE&I”) leadership within their company, industry, and community.
 

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Done Deals Awards


WBEC-East Council Member

Corporate Done Deals Award will be given to recognize the WBEC-East national and regional council member having the highest spend with the highest number of WBE firms over the last 12-month fiscal year reporting cycle with WBENC certified women business enterprises that have been certified by WBEC-East.
 
 
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Women’s Business Enterprise

The Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Done Deals Award recognizes the WBE with the highest spend over the last 12-month reporting cycle with the highest number of WBENC certified WBEs that have been certified by WBENC.
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Partner of the Year Award


This honor is awarded to one WBEC-East Council Member who has been instrumental in the Council’s successful achievement of its annual goals.

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Resiliency Award


This honor is awarded to a WBE company that is certified by and actively participates in WBEC-East, and can showcase their commitment to continuous improvement, overcoming obstacles, sustainability, and focus on innovation and positive change.
 

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Trusted Advisor Award


This honor is awarded to a WBE who has taken the initiative for helping and supporting less experienced WBEs. The recipient will be someone who had had a positive impact on other WBEs and their businesses and was helping shape other WBEs into leaders. The honoree must be active and engaged in WBEC-East.

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WBE Leadership Award


This honor is awarded to a WBE that is certified by and actively participates in WBEC-East, and whose leadership, mentoring, business acumen, and community service have contributed significantly to the growth and development of WBENC-certified WBEs in her community.

 

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Scholarship and Competition Winners

 

Harmelin Media Scholarship


Dedicated to supporting women business owners and entrepreneurs, the Harmelin Media Women-Owned Business Scholarship provides up to $10,000 in direct support to a woman entrepreneur starting or expanding their business. This scholarship exists on a rolling basis and is granted twice a year. 

 2023 Winners: 

  • Amber Bowie, Owner of Mackenzie Madison of Philadelphia 
  • Ivy Harris, Owner of Violet and Ivy Wellness Co. 

 

CPI Creative Grant


The CPI Technology Scholarship was created by Carol Philp, Founder and Owner of CPI Creative, to cover computer equipment expenses for a women owned business. CPI Creative is a WBE, DBE, and WOSB Certified business that has been in business for over 27 years, providing custom product design and manufacturing. 

 2023 Winners: 

  • ABLiteracy, submitted by Rebecca Ashcroft 
  • One Way Insurance Group, submitted by Gigi Jean 

 

Capital One Pitch Competition


In partnership with Capital One, WBEC-East is proud to host our annual Women’s Business Center pitch competition. Contestants submit their pre-recorded pitches for review. Top finalists receive pitch-training and have the opportunity to pitch their businesses live to a panel of judges at our culminating event. This competition is made possible through the generous support of from Capital One. 

 2023 Contestants 

  • Saundra Gillard, Founder & CEO of FemininelyFree! (First Place) 
  • Rebeca Stiles-Cruz, Founding Principal of Little List (Second Place) 
  • Ivy Harris, Owner of Violet and Ivy Wellness Co. (Third Place) 
  • Monique C. King, Owner of Monique’s Moving Service (Honorable Mention) 
  • Marie-Josephine Royall, Owner of Mariyurveda Health by Referral, LLC (Honorable Mention) 

 

WBENC Regional Pitch Competition Finalists


Round one of the WBENC pitch competition is conducted separately by each Regional Partner Organization (RPO). WBEC-East accepts pitch videos from certified WBEs headquartered in PA, DE and southern NJ. The top three finalists move on to the national semi-finals and then to finals. 

 2023 Finalists 

  • Hayley Painter, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Painterland Sisters 
  • Maureen Mulvihill, President & CEO, Actuated Medical, Inc. (Won Honorable Mention) 
  • Priya Osuri, Founder, Anar Gourment Foods 

 

 

 

Past Award Categories


 

Bravery Award (2019 – 2020)

This honor was awarded to a WBE start-up company that has been in business for a minimum of one year, had started their business from scratch, had a 3-5 year plan and an ability to serve corporates/access to funding, and was active and engaged in WBEC-East.

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Commitment Award (2010 – 2020)

The Commitment Award (previously the Volunteer of The Year / Shining Star Award) acknowledged woman business owners, individuals, companies, or government entities who have been instrumental in the successful development of WBEC-East, and whose voluntary support of and commitment to supplier development initiatives had enhanced business opportunities for certified WBEs.

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New Leaders Award (2019 – 2020)

This honor was awarded to a NextGen WBE that had been in business for a minimum of one year, was active and engaged in WBEC-East and had new ideas or innovations that differentiated their business from others.

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National Awards


These WBENC awards honor individuals for their commitment to women businesses across the nation.

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