Boost Your Competitive Advantage and Business Growth Opportunities with WBEC-East

Progressive-thinking companies are leading the way in an increasingly diverse marketplace by finding collaborative and creative ways to incorporate supplier diversity into their business processes. A commitment to meaningful supplier diversity can give your organization a tangible competitive advantage by helping you: drive innovation, enhance flexibility, better meet the needs of diverse customers, and open doors to new partnerships and opportunities.

WBEC-East is a certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) – the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs – and we bring together the strengths of certified WBEs, corporate partners, and public sector representatives in PA, NJ, and DE.

 

About Our Supplier Diversity Council:

Our Council is comprised of 50 Council Members and 58 Council Representatives from both corporate and government that show their support for women owned businesses by participating in WBEC-East Council activities and oversight.

With 6 committees, 5-10 signature events, and numerous educational workshops, Council Members are offered a plethora of ways to get involved. Council Members are expected to participate individually or by way of a designee in a minimum of one WBEC-East Committee.

The Council is governed by the WBEC-Eeast Board Chair, Council Chair, and Council Vice-Chair. The governance body also includes the Chair of each of the Committees.

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Fees:

Membership Fee: $2,500
Council Membership is on an annual basis.  Fees are prorated quarterly on a calendar basis.

Add on a sponsorship!
Council Members may also provide a sponsorship, with levels ranging from bronze at $2,500 to platinum at $10,000+. Sponsorship provides additional benefits above and beyond general Council Membership, like tickets to our signature events and promotional visibility on our materials.

Sponsorship Levels

 

As a Women's Business Enterprise Council Member, YOU BENEFIT BY:

Using WBEC-East as a resource to speak to your corporate personnel and vendors on the increasing diversity in the marketplace.
Access to business development training programs to strengthen the business knowledge of your women-owned vendors.
Your corporation being recognized and accredited for your efforts to support women-owned businesses.
Listing as a “Corporate Member” in WBEC-East marketing materials, brochures and flyers.
Assistance with the development or expansion of your outreach programs to meet your supplier diversity goals for women owned businesses.
Opportunity to participate in regional Supplier Diversity networking and training programs.
Stringent certification standards that help you to identify bona fide WBEs, so you and your buying organizations can accurately report expenditures and utilization rates.
Confidence in awarding contracts to WBEs whose certification has been processed with standardized procedures, so that your programs are benefiting the constituencies for which they were intended.
B2B opportunities , including: 

  • Sourcing capability through pass code access to WBENCLink, our Internet database, for regional WBEs, and
  • selective sourcing and matchmaking opportunities.
Access for your women-owned suppliers to a nationally recognized certification program.
Resources for staff development by participating as a volunteer on our Certification Committee.
Peer-to-peer mentoring and networking with supplier diversity professionals.
Opportunity to participate in WBEC-East’s annual regional business trade fair and awards programs through sponsorship.
Third-party certifier access for the U. S. Small Business Administration’s Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification.
Access to WOSB suppliers to meet your federal government requirements and information resource referral and sharing of best practices by Council members and U.S. SBA Regional office on policies impacting your federal government contracting.
Regional public sector entities that accept WBENC certification: City of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, State of Delaware, and numerous quasi-governmental agencies.

 

Whether you are looking to start a supplier diversity program – or to enhance your existing efforts – we are eager to start the conversation and to discover partnership and growth opportunities together.

To learn more or sponsor

Visit the sponsorship page or contact: Elizabeth Walsh at ewalsh@wbeceast.com