Conferences & Events Grants & Scholarships Business Opportunities & RFPs Posting Guidelines

Conferences & Events

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events being shared at this moment are webinars*


Expanding Trade in North America & Beyond
Women’s Global Trade

Various Dates

Connect with other women in a free, six-part virtual Women’s Global Trade Empowerment Forum where you will learn how you can benefit from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) while also building a winning export strategy and developing valuable business connections.

In addition to the six-part series, we are offering an opportunity to enhance your virtual experience with industry-focused activities for women business owners in the Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Education, Design & Construction, Healthcare, IT or Energy sectors that wish to dive deeper into each session for a reduced fee of only $50.

• Sept. 22 – Protecting the Most Important Asset – Your IP

Register Here


Post-Pandemic Advertising & Communications with ChatterBlast Media
Independence Business Alliance

Sept. 21, 12-1 PM

Over the last 6 months, large and small businesses and nonprofits have faced unprecedented worldwide changes and challenges. How we connect and inform our community, clients and consumers is more important than ever, and the way we do it has to pivot to meet the new reality. This presentation and Q&A will cover all of the new trends, technology and techniques to keep your advertising and marketing efficient and exemplary. This interactive session is presented by ChatterBlast Media‘s Evan Urbania and Matthew Ray.

This event is free for all.

Register Here


2020 Ride the Wave Regional Conference
Women’s Business  Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley

Sept. 21-24, 2020

The Catch the Wave Regional Conference brings female entrepreneurs together to network, learn, and gain inspiration from each other. The Catch the Wave Regional Conference provides networking, training, and access to both women business owners and corporate members from across our region of Ohio, Kentucky & West Virginia. This year`s conference is expected to draw over 500 attendees, including over 50 corporate members’ buyers and supplier diversity teams.

Join the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley (WBEC ORV) for the 11th Annual Catch the Wave Conference and leave this conference with inspiration and new tools that will make a difference in your personal and business growth. We look forward to seeing you in Sandusky for yet again an even bigger and better 2020 Catch the Wave Regional Conference!

Register Here


WIPP Virtual Symposium on Cyber Resiliency
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

Our two half-day programs are tailored for women business owners, featuring technology experts and speakers from government agencies and corporate partners who specialize in cybersecurity. These experts will provide real-time prevention information to better position us to defend our companies against cyber attacks in our ever-changing world. Attendees will walk away with the education, connections, and advocacy actions needed to build a cyber resiliency plan.

Early Bird Pricing *until September 17

  • WIPP Member: $99
  • Non-Member: $150

Our final day of the symposium is dedicated to matchmaker meetings and networking with government agencies, primes, and corporate partners. Purchase your event registration and apply for matchmaking by September 17 to be eligible.

Register Here


Entrepreneur Access Network Call
Ernst & Young


Are you a Black- or Latinx-owned company ready to break through barriers and transcend your business ambitions?

If so, we encourage you to apply or nominate an outstanding founder/CEO for the 2020 Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN) program.

Ernst & Young LLP (EY) recognizes that a lack of access to capital and connections hinders many Black and Latinx businesses from achieving their full potential, and the pandemic has amplified these barriers. As an expansion of our current entrepreneurial ecosystem (34 years Entrepreneur Of The Year®; Entrepreneurial Winning Women™), EY created the Entrepreneurs Access Network to help bridge the gaps for these companies to thrive.

EAN is a business accelerator program and evergreen community providing Black and Latinx companies access to resources, connections and capital to scale their business.

EAN offers two program paths:
• Curated*: Emerging and established enterprises in business for more than two years, 51% minority ownership, and a scalable enterprise
• OnDemand: An online learning module open to entrepreneurs at all revenue, ownership and operational maturity levels

Participants will:
• Join an elite network of the country’s best entrepreneurs
• Be part of a community of Black and Latinx high-growth company leaders
• Experience a curriculum designed for today’s busy executive
• Access to connections and capital to rise through disruption

Online applications are accepted through September 30, 2020. If you have questions, please contact us at

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Women Owned in Retail

Oct. 15, 12:30 – 4:30 pm EST

Women-owned businesses are behind some of the most innovative, game-changing consumer products on the market, driving industry trends and reinventing product categories. But the path from product development to retail success can be a daunting one, particularly for women entrepreneurs who are much less likely to receive start-up capital to fund their business.

WBENC and Target have teamed up to demystify the process with Women Owned in Retail, a new program designed to help women-owned business with consumer goods scale and thrive in the retail space.

You’ll gain a better understanding of what big retailers like Target are looking for in suppliers. Go deep into how to best prepare to pitch and do business with major retailers. Hear directly from the experts on the ins-and-outs of a vendor relationship – and how to ensure long term success.

Register Here

How to do Business with the
Allegheny County Airport Authority Webinar
Allegheny County Airport Authority

Oct. 16, 11 AM – 12 PM

Join the Allegheny County Airport Authority staff and consultants for an overview of the process of doing business with the airport. This
workshop will include information about the Terminal Modernization Project as well as a preview of upcoming Projects at the Airport.

If your organization is interested in submitting a bid to the
Allegheny County Airport Authority, you will not want to miss this workshop.

There is no charge for this event but you must RSVP by October 2, 2020

Contact 412-392-0610 or They will send you the webinar link once you have sent them your RSVP.


Grants & Scholarships

Stay tuned!


Business Opportunities & RFPs

Philadelphia Gas Works’ (PGW) New Online Bid System for Procurement Opportunities is Now Live.

Philadelphia Gas Works’ (PGW) Brand New, Online Bid System PGW is now posting RFP’s (Professional Services) and RFQ’s (Non-professional Services) to one centralized location for all vendors to visit, register, and gain access to our procurement opportunities.

Register Here.


Contracting Opportunities with the City of Philadelphia

Several opportunities are available with the City of Philadelphia. Notable opportunities include Construction Management services for the renovation of the 15th Police District, consulting for the Sanitation Division’s Northeast Incinerator Building Rehabilitation Project and procurement and reproduction support for the Law Department.  All opportunities within the city’s eContract system are available here.


Posting Guidelines

Our business is to get you business – the right supplier for our Corporate Partners, access to bids and RFPs for our WBEs. 

We welcome Procurement Opportunity postings on this page in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Posts are accepted for procurement opportunities from Supplier Diversity Corporate/Council Members in good standing.
  • Posts are accepted for procurement opportunities for WBE-to-WBE spend by WBEs in good standing.
  • A brief three-line description of the opportunity; a link to the opportunity posted on line; an identified point-of-contact with name, e-mail and phone number; and dates of opportunity may be e-mailed to Affiong Inyang-ITIAT, Engagement Coordinator –
  • The description and link will be added within four business days of receipt.
  • Please note:  This is a public website and public page.  WBEC-East cannot guarantee that respondents are WBENC-certified WBEs.