The WBENC Summit & Salute provides a unique opportunity for women-owned businesses and representatives from major corporations to meet and uncover business opportunities in an intimate setting.

In addition to several opportunities for informal networking during receptions and other programming, there are three structured sessions at the 2019 Summit & Salute designed to help match women-owned businesses with the right opportunities.


Tuesday, March 12 - Wednesday, March 13


This year at Summit & Salute, we are excited to debut WBENCPitch, a large, tournament-style elevator pitch competition for WBENC-Certified WBEs. Eighty women entrepreneurs, divided into four tournament brackets, will deliver their best 90-second elevator pitch to a panel of judges from America's Top Corporations for WBEs. Following the judges' deliberations, 20 competitors will move on to the semi-finals for a second round of pitching, this time with two minutes to pitch and a short Q&A with the judges. Finally, four competitors will make it to the final round, where they will have three minutes to deliver their best pitch live onstage at the WBENC Salute! Dinner.  Learn more.

1:1 MatchMaker Meetings

Wednesday, March 13 | 8 am - 11 aM

1:1 MatchMaker Meetings are pre-scheduled, one-on-one meetings between WBENC-Certified WBEs and WBENC Corporate or Government Members, scheduled by the corporate representatives based on their existing or future procurement needs. 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. Learn more.

Meet & Greet

Tuesday, March 12 | 9 am - NOON

Meet & Greet provides WBEs the opportunity to connect with a participating corporations or government entities of their choice in an open but formal environment. During Meet & Greet, WBENC Corporate & Government Members are assigned a table, and during a series of 20-minute sessions, WBEs are able to visit the corporation of their choice and pitch their business in a small group setting. Learn more.

WBE2WBE Connections Meet & Greet

Monday, March 11 | 9 am - 11:45 am

WBE2WBE Connections Meet & Greet is an opportunity for women-owned businesses to explore procurement and sourcing opportunities and network with other women-owned businesses in the WBENC network. Learn more.


Part 1: Monday, March 11 | Noon - 3 PM

Part 2: Tuesday, March 12 | 9 am - Noon

WeInnovate! is an exclusive opportunity for WBEs to showcase their company's expertise in areas of innovation that are critical to WBENC's Corporate Members. At WeInnovate! a select group of WBEs will make innovation proposals to representatives from America’s Top Corporations for WBEs. These corporations are eager to hear from women-owned businesses who are qualified to bring groundbreaking solutions to market. Learn more.