WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 | 8 AM - 11 AM

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An exclusive benefit for WBENC-Certified WBEs and WBENC Corporate and Government Members, our 1:1 MatchMaker program is designed to help connect women-owned businesses with purchasing decision-owners from corporations and government agencies to fuel business opportunities.

Using the EventDex MatchMaker tool, participating Corporate and Government Members are able to browse and select from hundreds of eligible WBENC-Certified WBEs and schedule meetings with WBEs that most align with their current or future procurement goals.

For eligible WBEs, 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings provide an incredible opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from major corporations and government entities who are seeking diverse suppliers and are specifically interested in their services.

For Corporate and Government Members, the 1:1 MatchMaker program offers a streamlined and efficient way to meet dozens of innovative women-owned businesses based on your procurement needs, all in one sitting. As a participating Corporate or Government Member, you will schedule 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings via the EventDex MatchMaker tool, making the conversations and connections targeted and specific to your procurement needs.

Overview

Eligibility

  • WBENC-Certified WBEs who purchase a Summit Only or a Full Summit & Salute registration by the Early Bird Deadline of January 22, 2019
  • WBENC National Corporate and Government Members
  • How to Participate

    All WBENC-Certified WBEs with an active certification who register by January 22, 2019 will be eligible and invited to complete a company profile in our MatchMaker tool, Eventdex. Once completed, each company will be included in the 1:1 MatchMaker selection process conducted by WBENC National Corporate and Government Members. Unfortunately, due to limited meeting time slots per corporation and the specific needs of the participating corporations, not every eligible WBE may receive a meeting request.

    Process & Key Dates
    • January 28: WBEs Begin MatchMaker Profile Setup

    On January 28, an email will be sent from matchmakers@wbenc.org with instructions to create or update the company's MatchMaker profile in EventDex. This email will ONLY be sent to the email address listed for the female owner in WBENCLink2.0.

    The deadline to finalize your MatchMaker profile is Friday, February 1, 2019. If the female owner is not attending Summit & Salute or is not managing the company MatchMaker account in EventDex, please make sure she is aware of the email and knows which staff person to forward it to. If no email is received by the female owner by January 28, please email matchmakers@wbenc.org for instructions. Once you have gained access to the company MatchMaker account, the WBE will need to block meeting times within EventDex so that no meeting can be scheduled at a time when the WBE is not available.

    • February 1: WBE Deadline to Finalize MatchMaker Profile

    All WBE profiles in the MatchMaker tool must be completed by Friday, February 1, 2019. If you do not complete a MatchMaker profile by this date, you will not be able to participate in 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings

    • February 4: Corporate Member Selection Process Begins

    After the February 1 WBE deadline, participating National Corporate and Government Members will begin to review eligible WBE profiles to identify WBEs that sell products/services in alignment with their current sourcing needs. During this process, they will schedule 1:1 MatchMaker meetings with WBEs they would like to meet with during the 1:1 MatchMaker event.

    • February 22: Deadline for Corporate Members to Schedule Meetings

    1:1 MatchMaker scheduling closes on Friday, February 22, 2019. This is the deadline for Corporate and Government Members to schedule 1:1 MatchMaker meetings with eligible WBEs. Once a Corporate or Government Member has scheduled a 1:1 MatchMaker meeting, the WBE will receive an email notification. All eligible WBEs will need to manage and check their schedule in the MatchMaker tool, EventDex to confirm if they were selected for 1:1 MatchMaker Meeting.

    • March 8: Download the EventDex MatchMaker App

    To prepare for 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings, we recommend WBEs download the MatchMaker tool, EventDex mobile app which can be downloaded from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. Click here for additional app instructions and functionality, including how to view your schedule, cancel a meeting and manage your schedule from the EventDex app.

    Print your final schedule. Schedules printed prior to March 8 may not have assigned table names.

    NOTE: It is important to continue to login to EventDex and check your schedule leading up to the morning of the event to ensure there have been no cancelations or last-minute scheduled meetings due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What does being eligible for 1:1 MatchMakers mean?

    Being eligible means your company is currently a WBENC-Certified WBE who paid for a Full Summit & Salute or Summit Only registration by the Early Bird Deadline of January 22, 2019. Eligible WBEs will be invited to complete a company profile in our MatchMaker tool, at which point your company will be included in the 1:1 MatchMaker selection process conducted by our Corporate Members. Eligibility does not guarantee you a 1:1 MatchMaker meeting.

    How will I know if I've been invited by a Corporate Member to participate in a 1:1 MatchMaker Meeting?

    Each eligible WBE has access to their schedule when logged into the MatchMaker tool, EventDex. We highly recommended WBEs monitor their MatchMaker schedule once a week to see if a meeting has been scheduled. Most of the Corporate Members will schedule 1:1 MatchMaker meetings between February 15 and 22, but since meetings may be canceled and rescheduled by the Corporate and Government Members, it is important to check your schedule leading up to the morning of the 1:1 MatchMakers event on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 to ensure no changes have taken place. 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings are automatically accepted on the behalf of the WBE Company. No action is required by the WBE unless they wish to cancel the meeting.

    Important Note: Each WBE is responsible for personalizing her schedule and blocking meeting times that she knows she is not available to attend. No meeting will be rescheduled due to travel or other conference event involvement.

    Can a WBE request a meeting with a Corporate Member?

    1:1 MatchMaker is a corporate-driven program, meaning Corporate and Government Members are the only ones who will be scheduling 1:1 MatchMaker meetings with eligible WBEs.

    All WBENC National Corporate and Governement members participating in MatchMaker will be listed in the MatchMaker tool by February 12, 2019. If you see a Corporate or Government Member participating that you are interested in meeting with during the 1:1 MatchMaker event, you may reach out to the supplier diversity team via email by using the contact information provided in WBENCLink2.0.

    When doing this, please keep in mind that the person you are emailing may not be the MatchMaker participant and will need to forward the email to the appropriate person. You will want to let them know you understand what their company does and what your solution for them is. In addition, it is important that you convey your understanding of the 1:1 MatchMaker process and that you are requesting a 1:1 meeting during the MatchMaker event only if they have available time slots.

    Important Note: Please do not contact any company that has not been identified in the MatchMaker tool as a participant.

    How do I prepare for MatchMaker Meetings?

    This is your time to convince the corporation to take your company to the next level, so do your homework! Every company is different, convince them that your company can meet their specific needs because you understand what those needs are.

    Be on time! WBEs who arrive late, will not be allowed to enter the 1:1 MatchMaker meeting room. Arrive 20 minutes prior to your meeting to check in and be seated in the holding room. 

    Information regarding registration will be provided via email to the participants prior to traveling to the event from MatchMakers@wbenc.org

    Who can I contact regarding MatchMaker?

    For more information regarding 1:1 MatchMaker meetings, please email matchmakers@wbenc.org or call Martha Valenzuela at 202-872-5518.