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

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Check-in begins at 8:30 AM

1:1 WBE2WBE Connection is now a formal Procurement Opportunity Connection event during which WBENC-Certified WBEs have the opportunity to connect with other participating WBENC-Certified WBEs to explore procurement opportunities. WBE2WBE Connection will operate similarly to 1:1 MatchMaker, in which buyers will use the EventDex app to set up pre-scheduled meetings with vendor(s) of their choice.

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 are eligible to participate.

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 WBE2WBE Connection profile in Eventdex. Once completed, each company will be included in the 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection selection process conducted by WBENC-Certified WBE Buyers.

Unfortunately, due to limited meeting time slots, not every eligible WBE may receive a meeting request.

Process & Key Dates
  • January 28: WBE Suppliers Begin WBE2WBE Connections Profile Setup

On January 28, an email will be sent from matchmakers@wbenc.org with instructions to create or update the company's WBE2WBE Connections 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 company profile is Friday, February 1, 2019. If the female owner is not attending Summit & Salute or is not managing the company's 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's EventDex 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 WBE2WBE Connection Profile

All WBE profiles in EventDex must be completed by Friday, February 1, 2019. If you do not complete the company profile by this date, you will not be able to participate in 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection.

  • February 4: WBE Buyer Selection Process Begins

After the February 1 WBE supplier deadline, participating WBE buyers will begin to review eligible WBE supplier profiles to identify companies that sell products/services in alignment with their current sourcing needs. During this process, they will schedule 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection meetings with WBE suppliers they would like to meet with during the event.

  • February 15: Deadline for WBE Buyers to Schedule Meetings

1:1 WBE2WBE Connection scheduling closes on Friday, February 15, 2019. This is the deadline for WBE buyers to schedule 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection meetings with eligible WBE suppliers. Once a WBE buyer has scheduled a meeting, the WBE supplier will receive an email notification. All eligible WBE suppliers will need to manage and check their schedule in EventDex to confirm if they were selected for 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection meeting.

  • March 8: Download the EventDex App

To prepare for 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection event, we recommend WBE suppliers download the 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

How will I know if I've been invited by a WBE buyer to participate in a 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection Meeting?

Each eligible WBE supplier has access to their schedule when logged into EventDex. We highly recommended WBEs monitor their WBE2WBE Connection schedule once a week to see if a meeting has been scheduled. Since meetings may be canceled and rescheduled by WBE buyers, it is important to check your schedule leading up to the morning of the 1:1 WBE2WBE Connections event on Monday, March 11, 2019 to ensure no changes have taken place. 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection Meetings are automatically accepted on the behalf of the WBE Supplier. No action is required by the WBE Supplier 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 supplier request a meeting with a WBE buyer?

WBE Buyers are the only ones who will be scheduling 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection meetings with eligible WBE Suppliers.

Who can I contact regarding 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection?

For more information regarding 1:1 WBE2WBE Connection meetings, please email WBEConnections@wbenc.org.