ANNOUNCING: NWBOC NOW PROVIDES CERTIFICATION FOR VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES!
The new NWBOC online store now offers all application kits: WBE, WOSB/EDWOSB and VBE/VWBE. Orders have tripled in the last month! The kit contains pages of explanation for the required documentation for each application and provides the tools for assembling everything in an organized manner. Click through to read about the kits. Link directly to the NWBOC store.
NWBOC has noticed a trend, and is leading the way in providing information useful to women business owners. The trend is that large corporations and government entities that have long had supplier diversity programs are now asking if their women owners also have a supplier diversity plan of their own. Read NWBOC's "Diverse Contracting at Women-Owned Companies" article.
Announcing a new national awards program, The NWBOC Eclipse Awards, Honoring Excellence in Women's Business Ownership
Announcing the 2014 dates for Decades of Excellence, NWBOC's national event: MAY 7-9, 2014 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. We encourage you to hold May 7-9, 2014 on your calendar and make it a priority to attend! 2014 Sponsorship and vendor information here. Quote from the 2013 event: “I attended the Decades of Excellence event – what an invaluable networking venue! I came away with nuggets of information I didn't previously have, and made at least eight great contacts, who I have communicated with since the event.” -- Maralah Rose-Asch, A2Z Oils
NWBOC President Janet Harris-Lange was the keynote speaker at the Sept. 12, 2013 event titled "Women Business Owners: A Key to Keeping Erie Great." NWBOC Board of Director's member Linda Stevenson was a panelist. Location: Erie, PA; Event sponsored by Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett.
The successful 2013 Decades of Excellence celebration received rave reviews from attendees. The event recap is here.
NWBOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Association of Women Business Owners California organization (NAWBO-CA). The purpose is to develop and expand a framework of cooperation for the promotion of events and educational exchanges between the two groups. Read the press release.
Announcing NWBOC's newly developed BRAIN TRUST, a leadership initiative. We congratulate and welcome the following women selected to represent their regions. They are Bibby Bailey (Bibby Paper & Consulting, LLC & Site Visitor), JoAnne Davis (J. Lowe Diversified Services, LLC), Debbie McArthur (Integra International) and Jennifer Scully (Clinical Resources, LLC) representing the Southeast region; Julie Jakob (Jacob Marketing Partners, LLC) from the Mountain Plains region; Michelle Guidry (Dupont Building, Inc.), Rebecca Boenigk (Neutral Posture, Inc.), Debra McPherson (The McPherson Group, LLC) and Diana Wright (The Right Solutions) from the Southwest region; Lynne Noel (Havens & Co.), Patricia Stagno (Power Skills For Life, LLC), Bonnie Barraclough (Can-Am Packaging Equipment Corporation) and Mindy Freeman (Northern Container Corporation) of the New England region; Brenda Turner (New Era Contract Sales, Inc.), Janet McNaughton (Lasting Impressions Gift Services, Inc.) and Sandy Kemp (Site Visitor) from the Pacific Northwest region; Hannah Kain (ALOM), Elizabeth Nelson (BEC Environmental, Inc.), Suzanne March (Quantum Mark) and Rachel Owens (Site Visitor) from the Pacific Southwest region; Jennifer Nevins (DW Smith Associates, LLC), Mary Scheetz (Contact Center Innovations, LLC), Crystal Arlington (Affiliate Grounds Maintenance Group, Inc.), and Shawn Keogh-Hartz (Provider Resources, Inc.) from the Mid-Atlantic region; and lastly, Vivian Pappel (Midland Scientific), Jennifer Noden (Glenhurst Financial Corporation) and Janet South (Deco Group) from the North Central region. We look forward to their participation.
NWBOC Honors Kevin Larson, Supplier Diversity Excellence at Fastenal in Winona, MN
NWBOC Featured in Empress of Biz! Talk Show 10/06/2011
Host JoAnn Forrester, in her ongoing series "Reinvent in Rugged Times," interviewed NWBOC CEO Janet Harris-Lange in an informative exchange. Listen to the show, 38:00 in length, this is an mp3 file.
As of July 5, 2011 NWBOC has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to be a third-party certifier for the new women-owned small business federal contracting program, which will directly benefit many woman-owned companies across the nation. More information
NWBOC Honors the Supplier Diversity Team at Pfizer in New York, NY
NWBOC Honors Kim Schuler of Lori's Gifts (a hospital gift shop management firm consisting of 250 shops) for her supplier diversity efforts and results. Located in Carrollton, TX
NWBOC Honors Supplier Diversity Managers Matt Thursman and Mary Lynn Netzel of The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, TX
NWBOC Honors Dell Supplier Diversity Team in Round Rock, TX
NWBOC Honors Top Supplier Diversity Manager Fernando Hernandez from Microsoft
Partner PNC Bank Hosted Online Conference with NWBOC
NWBOC Reports: More Women Business Owners in Non-Traditional Industries Seek Certification. Also, we have certified businesses in Hawaii and Alaska, so for the first time there are NWBOC WBE-certified women business owners in all 50 states. Read the press release.
NWBOC Featured in INC. Magazine May 12, 2010 Article
New "Fast Track" WBE Certification with NWBOC
Enterprising Women Awards, March, 2010: Enterprising Women, the national magazine for women business owners, has announced its eighth annual list of the "Enterprising Women of the Year." The top women business owners from across the United States and Canada will be recognized for outstanding business growth, mentoring and supporting other women in business, and leadership in their communities. Honorees will gather March 17-19 at the Marriott Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, FL, with the gala awards dinner slated for March 18. We are pleased to announce that three of these wonderful women are NWBOC affiliated:
The Center for Women's Business Research has just released their newest research results on women business owners. Highlights: WBO firms contribute $3Trillion to US economy; and employ 16% of the workforce. WOW. Read the report.
From Claudine George, Iconma, LLC, Troy, MI "Thank you very much to your organization for the support and encouragement to grow my business. Your hard work to promote and mentor women in business is very appreciated. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself and Iconma to help continue your life-changing efforts."
The Biddies have been launched! NWBOC invited their certified WBEs to form local networks to share ideas, procurement opportunities, tips, etc. Groups meet at local coffee shops and since everyone is trying to win "bids," they have been dubbed "The Biddies." The response was overwhelming. In a couple of days about 30 groups formed. If any of you want to take the lead on this, NWBOC will send you a list of certified companies in your area and NWBOC will buy the first round of coffee. NWBOC will also send out an evite for you which will produce the RSVP list. Here is a testimonial from an NWBOC Certified: "The first two meetings of the Palm Beach "Biddies" were productive and informative. The cross section of businesses represented by other female professionals was diverse. Sharing our stories, both personal and professional, was great. On a personal level, Ariela Owens, Sunray Construction Services Inc., and Sandie Foland, Baron Sign Manufacturing, have been very helpful in providing information on contacts and opportunities to help me grow my business. I recommend these meetings to all women business owners as a valuable networking tool." Thank you, Denise DeDecker, Pres. Florida Windows and Doors, Inc.
Always something new on the NWBOC eProcurement MarketPlace, which solves major challenges faced by both buyers and WBEs -- how to find each other and then seamlessly do business together. It also makes it easier to find and do business with other WBEs. All of the tools are easy to use with no special equipment or training required. Buyers can discover new vendors and enhance their WBE outreach, while WBEs increase the ease of sales and grow their companies. It takes only 10 minutes to register your company. Go to NWBOC.economicengine.com. Click on "Sign Up Now-Vendors" on the left hand side menu, and follow the instructions.