Frequently Asked Questions

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General FAQs
What is Summit & Salute?

The WBENC Summit & Salute is one of two WBENC 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 for Women’s Business Enterprises. The Summit engages participants in a three-day program, focused around business networking, educational opportunities through the WBENC Business Lab and development opportunities. The Salute! Dinner follows the Summit and is a festive evening that highlights the 2020 WBE Stars and 2019 America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises.

When is it?

The event begins on Monday, March 16 and ends the evening of Wednesday, March 18. View schedule.

Where is it?

Summit & Salute events will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Who should attend?

Everyone! Summit & Salute is open to WBENC-Certified Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), WBENC National Corporate and Government Members, Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), Regional Corporate and Government Members, non-certified business owners (female and male), buyers and procurement representatives, supplier diversity professionals, and federal, state, and local government officials.

Which industries will be there?

Expect to 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.

You can review WBENC’s Corporate Member list here.

How many attendees are expected?

The WBENC Summit & Salute is expected to draw more than 1,800 attendees from Fortune 1000 companies and America’s leading women-owned businesses, as well as federal, state and local government agencies and other business owners.

Do you publish the attendee list?

No, the full attendee list is not published due to privacy policies and risk of scams. Attendees can check-in on the WBENC Mobile App once the app is available. In addition, WBENC-Certified WBEs and Corporate Members can utilize WBENCLink2.0 to look up contact information for individuals within the network.

NOTE: If you receive a solicitation from an organization claiming to provide or sell the attendee list, it is a scam. Read more about these type of scams here.

What will the weather be like in Nashville, TN?

In late March, the average temperature in Nashville is a high of 62 degrees and a low of 40 degrees.

What should I wear?

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

I don’t see 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings on this year’s schedule. Am I missing something?

No, you are not missing anything! We are changing things up this year, with the introduction of WeInnoPITCH, an all-inclusive way for WBEs to showcase their innovative businesses and solutions to WBENC Corporate & Government Members. Learn more about WeInnoPITCH here.

We are moving our signature 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings to the 2020 National Conference & Business Fair in Atlanta, Georgia in June.

Registration FAQs
What does it cost to be an attendee at the WBENC Summit & Salute?

Learn more about the cost to be an attendee here. Attendee tickets are sold by the following categories:

Full Summit & Salute and Salute registration provides access to all event sessions, excluding invitation-only sessions, and is available to:

  • WBENC-Certified WBEs and WEConnect-Certified WBEs
  • National/Regional Corporate Members
  • Regional Partner Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Summit Only registration provides access to all event activities through 5 PM on Wednesday. The registration does not include access to the Salute! Dinner, general reception or after-party. Summit Only is available to::

  • Small Business Owners (Not WBENC-Certified)
  • Corporate Non-Members
  • WBENC-Certified WBEs and WEConnect-Certified WBEs
  • National/Regional Corporate Members
  • Regional Partner Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Salute Only registration provides access to the general reception, Salute! Dinner and 2020 After Party and is available to:

  • WBENC-Certified WBEs and WEConnect-Certified WBEs
  • National/Regional Corporate Members
  • Regional Partner Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Nonprofit Organizations
What are the key registration dates?
  • November 14, 2020Registration opens to the public.
  • January 31, 2020 – Early bird registration ends. 
  • March 9, 2020 – Online registration closes. After this date, all registrations and payments will be handled on-site in Nashville. This is also the final date to submit registration transfer requests.
  • March 16, 2020 – On-site registration opens at 8 AM and will close at 6 PM at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. On-site registrations are available throughout the week and 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.

If you require assistance please contact valuedsponsors@wbenc.org.

What is WBENC’s 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 9, 2020. 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 9, 2020.

As a sponsor, I registered an individual for Summit & Salute, and now they are unable to attend. How can I transfer the registration?

You can log in 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 9, 2020, 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:

9 AM-6 PM, EST, Monday – Friday

Email:

Attendees – WBENCSummitattendees@experient-inc.com

Sponsors – WBENCSummitsponsors@experient-inc.com

Sponsor FAQs
Why should I sponsor?

Sponsorship brings tremendous visibility to your brand in front of 1,800+ attendees and 50,000 contacts. 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 on the event website and have a presence on event signage at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

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, Executive Lead, Business Development & Engagement, WBENC or Jillian Schneeberger, Senior Director, Marketing, Programs & Business Development at the email below. 

Email: valuedsponsors@wbenc.org

I am 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 and Jillian Schneeberger 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 also register yourself for one of your company’s allotted registrations. Sponsor Contacts are not automatically registered to attend. Once your registration is complete your name will appear two times within the registration system, once as a Sponsor Contact and once as an attendee.
  • 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 9, 2020.