Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

WHAT IS THE 2017 WBENC SUMMIT & SALUTE?

The WBENC Summit & Salute is one of two national events where our network comes together to create and develop dynamic relationships while also taking time to celebrate the successes of our Women’s Business Enterprise Stars and America’s Top Corporations. The Summit engages participants in a two day program focused on the future of various industries, business networking, and development opportunities. The Salute! Dinner follows the Summit and is a festive evening that highlights our 2016 America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises.

WHAT ARE THE EVENT DATES?

The event begins on Tuesday, March 21st and ends the evening of Thursday, March 23rd.
(NOTE: WBENC National Committee Meetings will be held on Monday March 20th).
Please click here to review the Schedule at a Glance and event locations.

WHAT ARE THE EVENT LOCATIONS?

The Summit & Salute events will take place at the New Orleans Marriott:

555 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WBENC SUMMIT & SALUTE?

WBENC-Certified Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), WBENC National Corporate and Government Members, Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), Regional Corporate and Government Members, business owners (female and male), buyers and procurement representatives, supplier diversity professionals, and federal, state, and local government officials.

WHICH INDUSTRIES WILL BE REPRESENTED AT THE SUMMIT & SALUTE?

You’ll connect with women owned businesses and Fortune 1000 companies that are industry leaders in healthcare, travel and logistics, energy, retail, transportation, telecommunications, finance, banking, office supplies and consumer-packaged goods to name a few, as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

HOW MANY ATTENDEES ARE EXPECTED?

The WBENC Summit & Salute is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees from Fortune 1000 companies and America’s leading WBEs, as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

EXPLAIN THE WBENC THEME “JOIN FORCES. SUCCEED TOGETHER.” AND IT’S RELEVANCE TO SUMMIT & SALUTE?

As we progress on the Road to Growth and Sustainability, it is apparent that the need to strengthen our partnerships not only with our valued Corporate and Government Members, but also between our certified WBEs is critical to our collective success. This success will result in fueling economic growth by opening new channels of revenue and creating jobs across both the public and private sectors. During the Summit & Salute, WBENC will expand networking, matchmaking and mentoring opportunities to include the WBE to WBE connections, as well as a keen focus on delivering industry expertise and innovation across our WBE constituents and the Corporate and Government Members. The theme of "Join Forces. Succeed Together." is exemplified by the accessibility afforded at the Summit & Salute to all constituents to partner and forge new relationships and create opportunities.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA?

In late March, the average temperature in New Orleans is a high of 72 degrees and a low of 52 degrees.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS AT THE SUMMIT & SALUTE?

Speakers and panelists will include nationally recognized experts across various industries who will enlighten our attendees on the future of many critical areas of innovation that will impact the supply chain. Topics will range from augmented reality to robotics, providing insights into the demands of these industries and the business climate change that will occur in the next decade.

WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE FOR THE SUMMIT & SALUTE?

The recommended attire for all Summit (Wednesday all day and Thursday daytime) activities is business casual. The Salute! Dinner dress code is cocktail or black-tie optional.

WHAT IS THE SUMMIT & SALUTE PRIVACY POLICY?

To view the privacy policy for attendee click here.

I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AN AD, IS THAT POSSIBLE?

Ads in the Program Book are reserved for sponsors. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.


Registration Questions

WHAT DOES IT COST TO BE AN ATTENDEE AT THE WBENC SUMMIT & SALUTE?

    WBENC Network Attendee Categories:
  • WBENC-Certified WBE, WEConnect-Certified WBE
  • National/Regional Corporate Member
  • Regional Partner Organization
  • Government Agency
  • Nonprofit Organization

Individual Summit & Salute Ticket: Early Bird $450 | Regular (After 1.23.2017) $500

Individual Summit-Only ticket: Early Bird $250 | Regular (After 1.23.2017) $300

Individual Salute-Only Ticket: Early Bird $250 | Regular (After 1.23.2017) $300

    Other Attendee Categories:
  • Small Business Owner (Not WBENC-Certified)
  • Corporate Non-Member

Individual Summit Only Ticket: Early Bird $500 | Regular (After 1.23.2017) $550

WHAT ARE THE KEY REGISTRATION DATES?

  • December 1, 2016 – Registration opens to the public.
  • January 23, 2017 – Early bird registration ends. Important note: WBENC-Certified WBEs who purchase a Summit Only or a Full Summit & Salute registration; WBENC-Certified WBE sponsors; and WBENC-Certified WBE sponsor guests must be registered by January 23, 2017 to participate in the Procurement Opportunity Connection 1:1 MatchMaker meetings.
  • March 13, 2017 – Online registration closes on Monday, March 13, 2017. After this date, all registrations and payments will be handled on-site in New Orleans. This is also the final date to submit registration transfer requests.
  • March 20, 2017 – On-site registration will be available beginning Monday March 20, 2017 from 10:00AM – 6:00PM at the New Orleans Marriott. On-site registrations must be paid by company check or credit card. All on-site transactions are final.

AS A SPONSOR, HOW DO I ADD THE NAMES OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE USING OUR ALLOTTED REGISTRATIONS?

You can login through the online registration system and register individuals whom you designate as recipients of your company's allotted Summit & Salute registrations. This feature requires that you include their full name, company name, and email address as well as demographic information.

WHAT IS WBENC'S REFUND POLICY?

REFUND POLICY: All registration/ticket sales are final, no refunds will be issued. All sponsor package purchases are final and non-refundable.

ARE INDIVIDUAL ATTENDEE TICKETS TRANSFERABLE?

Paid registrations may be transferred to another individual at your organization if you notify WBENC in writing by March 13, 2017. Send transfer and substitution requests via email to wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org. Please include complete contact information for yourself as well as for the colleague who will be using the registration. All requests must be submitted in writing by March 13, 2017.

HOW MANY ATTENDEES ARE EXPECTED?

The WBENC Summit & Salute is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees from Fortune 1000 companies and America’s leading WBEs, as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

AS A SPONSOR I REGISTERED AN INDIVIDUAL FOR THE SUMMIT & SALUTE, NOW THEY ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND. HOW CAN I TRANSFER THE REGISTRATION?

You can login to the registration system to access your records and make changes to allotments or to purchase additional items. Sponsors can make changes to their allocated Summit & Salute registrations until March 13 2017, when online registration closes.

WHO DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS?

Phone:
Call Customer Service toll free at 1-800-310-7554
International registrants, please call 240-439-2554

Hours of Operation:
9am-5pm, EST, Monday - Friday

Email:
Attendees – WBENCattendees@experient-inc.com
Sponsors – WBENCsponsors@experient-inc.com

Sponsor Questions

WHY SHOULD I SPONSOR?

Sponsorship brings tremendous visibility to your brand in front of 1,500+ attendees and over 30,000 contacts. The Summit & Salute attendees are comprised of women business owners and their staff, corporate executives and purchasing decision-makers, as well as representatives from government agencies and advocacy organizations. All sponsors are recognized in the program book, on the event website and have a presence on event signage at the New Orleans Marriott.

Click here to view sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SPONSOR?

    The following entities are eligible to sponsor:
  • WBENC National Corporate and Government Members
  • WBENC-Certified WBEs
  • WBENC Regional Partner Organizations
  • Designated nonprofits/government agencies
Note: WBENC reserves the right to approve all entities requesting to be a sponsor.

WHO DO I CONTACT ABOUT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES?

Please contact Mia Delano, Senior Director, Development and Corporate Relations, WBENC.

Email: valuedsponsors@wbenc.org

Click here to view sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

I’M THE SPONSOR CONTACT FOR MY COMPANY, WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

    As a Sponsor Contact there are a few things you should know:
  • You are responsible for registering all attending members of your corporation for the event. You will receive directions from Mia Delano with a code to access your company’s registration. You will first need to register yourself as the Sponsor Contact and complete the company profile.
  • The Sponsor Contact will then need to register each of the individuals using your Summit & Salute registrations. You will need their full name, company name, and email address as well as demographic information.
    Important Note: If you as the Sponsor Contact will also be attending Summit & Salute, you must register yourself for one of your company’s allotted registrations. Sponsor Contacts are not automatically registered to attend.
  • If you need to make any changes to the registrations you already completed, you can log back in to make the revision any time before March 13, 2017.

WHEN IS MY COMPANY’S AD DUE FOR THE PROGRAM BOOK?

All ads are due by January 30th, 2017.

Email wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org if you did not receive your ad specs.


MatchMaker Questions

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN 1:1 MATCHMAKERS?

WBENC-Certified WBEs who purchase a Summit Only or a Full Summit & Salute registration; WBENC-Certified WBE sponsors; and WBENC-Certified WBE sponsor guests must be registered by January 23, 2017 to participate in the 1:1 MatchMaker meetings.

WHAT DOES BEING ELIGIBLE FOR 1:1 MATCHMAKERS MEAN?

Being eligible means your company's profile will be included in the 1:1 MatchMaker selection process. It does not guarantee you a meeting.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR 1:1 MATCHMAKERS?

  • January 27, 2017 – You will receive an email from matchmakers@wbenc.org providing directions to either create or edit your MatchMaker profile in the MatchMaker Tool. Only one person per company needs to take action.
  • February 10, 2017 – All profiles in the MatchMaker Tool must be finalized by 9:00 PM.
    Note: Any WBE Company that has not logged into the MatchMaker Tool to create or edit their profile by February 10, 2017 will automatically be eliminated from the MatchMaker selection process.
  • February 13, 2017 – The participating Corporate Members begin to review the eligible profiles to identify the WBEs with whom they would like to have a 1:1 MatchMaker meeting based on actual needs in their supply chain.
  • March 10, 2017 – Corporate Members must have all of their 1:1 MatchMaker meetings scheduled by this date.
    Note: Once a Corporate Member has scheduled a meeting with your company, you will receive an email notification. However, it is strongly recommended that you check your company’s schedule in the MatchMaker Tool.
  • March 17, 2017 – WBEs who are scheduled for a 1:1 MatchMaker meeting must print their final schedule. Any schedules printed prior to this date will not contain updated table assignment numbers.

AM I GUARANTEED A 1:1 MATCHMAKER MEETING?

1:1 MatchMaker meetings are not guaranteed. Meetings are scheduled based on the procurement needs of the participating Corporate Members. No registration refund will be granted due to not receiving a 1:1 MatchMaker meeting.

I HAVE A 1:1 MATCHMAKER MEETING SCHEDULED, NOW WHAT?

  • Review your 1:1 MatchMaker schedule prior to arriving in New Orleans.
  • You must arrive at the WBE Check-In 20 minutes before your scheduled meeting.
  • To prepare for the meeting you can review the 1:1 MatchMakers 101 webinar available on WBENC Insights.
  • Prepare and fine tune your selling points. You were selected because your company meets the basic criteria, this is your chance to convince them your solution is the best!

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING 1:1 MATCHMAKER MEETINGS?

For more information regarding 1:1 MatchMaker meetings, please email matchmakers@wbenc.org or call Susan Cates at 202-872-5515 X 8100.


Meet & Greet Questions

WHAT IS THE PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITY CONNECTION: MEET & GREET?

The Procurement Opportunity Connection: Meet & Greet provides WBEs the opportunity to connect with a participating Corporate or Government Member of their choice in an open, but formal environment.

HOW DOES MEET & GREET WORK?

The Meet & Greet opportunity is broken into approximately seven cycles of 20 minutes. Each participating Corporate Member representative is assigned a round table of 10 for the duration of the session. Eligible WBEs are then able to choose which table they would like to sit at for each cycle. Once they sit down each WBE at the table has one minute to present their elevator pitch outlining their company’s capacity as well as what differentiates their company from others in their industry. After the introductions, the Corporate Member has an opportunity to ask questions and engage in round table discussions. At the end of the 20 minutes all WBEs must move to another Corporate Member’s table.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN MEET & GREET?

Any WBENC-Certified WBE in good standing who registered for a Summit Only or a Full Summit & Salute registration is eligible to participate. Early Bird registration deadline does not apply.

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MEET & GREET?

You can prepare by reviewing the Meet & Greet webinar available in the WBENC Insights Library. It is highly recommended that you identify your target corporations to connect with in order to maximize this opportunity. Handouts of participating Meet & Greet Corporate Members will be available at the registration desk when you arrive. The room will be arranged numerically, so the handout is imperative as the corporation names will not be on the tables. Also, the list provided will not reflect any corporation that has changed their mind after the handouts were printed. You may also request a list the week of March 13th by contacting matchmakers@wbenc.org.