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DRAFT – April 12, 2007
WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE NATIONAL COUNCIL (WBENC)
“SALUTE” TO WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS RAISES OVER $1-MILLION
10th Anniversary Event Honors “2007 Business Stars” Before 1,000
Washington, DC. April XX – The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
(WBENC) celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its founding by holding the largest and most
successful fund-raiser in its history. The WBENC Salute to Women’s Business
Enterprises: The Enterprising Economy honored 14 “2007 Business Stars” who are
outstanding women’s business enterprises (WBEs) from across the country.
As the crowning event in a week-long gathering of the WBENC corporate members,
certified women’s businesses and partner organizations that support and participate in
the WBENC mission, the Salute raised a record of over $1-million. This will help fund
WBENC’s educational programs, corporate “matchmaker” meetings, and other initiatives
enabling WBEs to succeed as vendors and suppliers to the nation’s top corporations.
In welcoming over 1,000 leaders from the government, corporate and entrepreneurial
arenas who gathered at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, the city where WBENC was
founded 10 years ago, WBENC Interim President Linda Denny declared, “We have
leveled the playing field and thrown open the doors of opportunity for women’s business
enterprises, a feat for which we can all be proud.”
Shell Oil Company President and Event Chair John Hofmeister; Principal of A.S.A.P.
and WBE Chair of the President’s Circle Nancy Williams, and President of the Women’s
Business Council Southwest Debbie Hurst provided powerful perspectives on WBENC’s
role as the leading advocate of WBEs. The three represented, respectively, the
corporations that are WBENC’s members, the WBEs that are certified by WBENC and
the partner organizations across that country that provide vital certification and
WBENC President Emeritus Susan Philips Bari and her husband Dick Bari received a
standing ovation from the room when they received special recognition for Bari’s vision
and energy in building and growing WBENC in its first decade.
In recognition of the contributions that WBEs make to the US economy, the Salute
presented awards to the 2007 Business Stars, all certified women’s business enterprises
(WBEs), for the leadership they provide to the business community and the inspiration
they offer to other women business owners. The 2007 Women-Owned Business Stars
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Tara Abraham, CEO, Accel, Inc.
Representing Women’s Business Enterprise Council – Southeast
Sarah Bates, President and CEO, New Technology Steel
Representing Michigan Women’s Business Council
Phyllis Godwin, Chairman and CEO, Granite City Electric Supply Company
Representing the Center for Women & Enterprise
Lynn J. Griffith, President, Welcome Florida
Representing Women’s Business Development Center –
Janice Hamilton, President, and CEO, JMH Education Marketing, Inc.
Representing Women Presidents’ Educational Organization
New York City, New York
Lisa Hanlon, Managing Partner, TelTech Communications, LLC
Representing Women’s Business Enterprise Council – West
Dawn Magnan, President, n8 Solutions
Representing the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance Houston, Texas
Sheri Orlowitz, President, Shan Industries, LLC
Representing Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, Washington, DC
Kanchana Raman, President, Avion Systems, Inc.
Representing Georgia Women’s Business Council
Julia Rhodes, President, Kleenslate Concepts
Representing Astra Women’s Business Alliance
Judy Ritter, President, Ritter Contracting
Representing Women’s Business Enterprise Council – PA-DE-sNJ
Deborah M. Sawyer, CEO and President, Environmental Design International, Inc.
Representing Women’s Business Development Center
Karin Stevens, President, Edelweiss Enterprises, Inc.
Representing Women’s Business Council Gulf Coast
Gail Warrior Lawrence, President, The Warrior Group
Representing Women’s Business Council – Southwest
Corporate Sponsors - The benefactor sponsors are Shell Oil Company and Raytheon
Company. Other corporate sponsors include JCPenney Company, Microsoft
Corporation, UPS, AT&T, Bank of America, Chevron Corporation, Motorola, Inc., Pfizer
Inc, United Airlines, Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC; Federated Department Stores,
Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Kraft Foods\Philip Morris USA, Limited Brands, The Coca-
Cola Company, Time Warner Inc.; TXU Corp. and Verizon.
Women's Business Enterprise Sponsors - The diamond WBE sponsors are C FJ
Manufacturing and ICON Information Consultants, LP. Other WBE sponsors include
ASAP, Avion Systems, Inc., KMM Telecommunications, Management Decisions, Inc.,
Matrix Information Consulting, Inc., MBE magazine, MDI, Meadowlands Consumer
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Center, Inc., Neutral Posture, Inc., Rose International, Smead Manufacturing Company,
TCIM, TelTech Communications, LLC and The Warrior Group, Inc.
About the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC):
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leading third-party certifier of businesses
owned and operated by women, and the leading advocate of women’s business
enterprises (WBEs) as suppliers to corporate America.
The average WBENC certified company has revenues of $7.7M, 45 employees and 14
years of experience.
Approximately 50 WBE firms have revenues in excess of $100M, and six certified WBE
companies have revenues in excess of $1 billion.
236 U.S. corporations are active members of WBENC and representatives of 36
corporations sit on the WBENC Board of Directors, along with nine representatives of its
partner organizations and nine WBEs.
WBENC certification is accepted by more than 700 corporations, representing America’s
most prestigious brands, as well as government entities at the state, local and federal
WBENC also has developed several highly regarded initiatives for recognizing excellence
in corporate supplier diversity targeting WBEs (America’s Top Corporations for Women’s
Business Enterprises, The WBENC Applause Awards) and women’s business
enterprises (WBENC’s Woman-Owned Business Stars).
WEBuy@wbenc.org is an online marketplace where corporations and government
agencies, as well as WBEs, post RFPs, sources sought, and RFIs.
WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks and accepts donations from
corporations, foundations and individuals that support its mission and programs.
WBENCLink is an Internet database, accessed by WBENC corporate members and
certified women's business enterprises (WBEs), which contains information on certified
women's businesses for purchasing managers nationwide.
For more information about WBENC, visit our website at www.wbenc.org.