We know that meeting someone in person is the best way to make a business connection. At WBEC-East, we have over 1,400 certified women owned businesses and over 50 corporate and government Council Members looking to connect. Check out the types of events that we offer to see how you can most effectively network!
Business Connections Days
If you’re here to pitch and learn about potential new clients, you’ve come to the right place.
Business Connections Days are typically offered 3 times a year around PA, DE and south NJ, and bring in WBEs and Council Members from all industries. The first half of the program features a panel of corporate and government supplier diversity professionals, who discuss the future of their industry and how WBEs can get involved in their supply chain. After, take part in our popular Meet & Greet roundtables, a speed dating style of networking where you can choose which corporate and government members you would like to meet.
Formerly known as Industry Days
Food for Thought
If you’re looking to meet corporate members and other WBEs in a more intimate setting, these events are for you.
Generally offered most months alternating in our Pittsburgh and Philadelphia offices, Food for Thought networking gatherings are free to attend, BYO lunch, and exclusive to certified WBEs, their employees, and our corporate and government Council Members. Expect two hours of pure networking time to build connections. We usually cap these events at about 20 people to ensure a small group, and they fill up fast!
This is a great first event to attend if you’ve just been certified.
Signature Events & Celebrations
Join us as we celebrate our achievements and honor those who empower women entrepreneurs. Some of our favorite occasions throughout the year include:
• January: Annual Meeting
Learn about the year ahead + Meet & Greet roundtables
• February: Women’s Conference & Resource Fair
Resources, sessions and networking for women entrepreneurs
• March: Women’s History Month Luncheon
Honor our history + Meet & Greet roundtables
• September: Annual Awards Reception
Don’t forget to nominate a worthy business owner or community leader
• November: Desserts and More! Celebration & Fundraiser
Join us for an extra special 25th Anniversary party!
• December: Holiday Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
Some of these events also feature Meet & Greet roundtables to network with our corporate and government Council Members. You’ll leave truly inspired and excited to be a part of this community!
Business Training Workshops
A good business owner never stops learning. Throughout the year we put on affordable workshops to help you learn how to grow your business, rethink your strategic plan, secure a new loan, improve your social media, hire your first employee, prepare for a conference, and more! Our workshops are open to everyone.
Check out the stages guide on our events page to see if you are a start-up (brand new), stretch (ready to grow), sustain (maintaining success), or sunset (preparing for succession).