ORLANDO, Fla., June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Orange County Convention Center –– More than 3,500 executives from the nation's leading corporations, government entities, and women business owners will converge in Orlando, FL to generate business opportunities and stimulate economic growth at the 2016 Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference & Business Fair from June 21 to 23.
Under the banner of "Creating Magic Together," the 17th Annual NCBF will take place in the state cited with the fastest growth rate for women-owned business in the nation, according to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. The conference is the largest and most prestigious gathering of corporate and government buyers and Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) in the nation. Attendees enjoy three days of nationally acclaimed speakers, executive workshops, and vital 1:1 MatchMaking and networking opportunities, including the WBENC Business Fair, the largest of its kind with more than 300 exhibitors.
"Women-owned business now comprise 38% of the business population, and WBENC is proud to bring together our powerful women's business enterprises with major corporations and government entities to continue to grow their companies and fuel the economy," said Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC President and CEO. "As the nation's leader in women's business development, our annual NCBF is the best place for attendees to forge new connections, learn about industry trends, and meet key decision makers."
Attendees will also hear from C-suite decision makers who represent the 2016 Conference Co-Chairs: Shell; The Walt Disney Company; Wells Fargo; The Pinnacle Group; Accel, inc., and Imagen, LLC.
This year, three Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) make up the 2016 Host Councils, including the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) of Florida; Greater Women's Business Council (GWBC); and Women's Business Enterprise Council - South (WBEC South).
"Our local organizations are proud to host WBENC's NCBF, one of the largest women's business conferences in the world, in our region," said the 2016 Host Council leaders in a joint statement. "As one of the top travel destinations in the world, the city of Orlando represents a nexus of possibilities for expanding growth for women business owners not only here in the U.S., but also around the globe."
Each year, the WBENC NCBF Host Committee, made up of representatives from the Host Councils act as the ambassadors for the event, ensuring attendees are engaged and inspired by all the programming. The 2016 Host Committee is chaired by Brenda Loube, President and Co-Founder, Corporate Fitness Works; and includes
- Michele Adam, President and CEO, Levy Marketing + Awards Powered by Proforma
- Charlotte Baker, CEO, Digital Hands
- Sheila Benson, CEO, Employment Screening Services
- Susan Davis, President, Priority Project Resources
- Courtney Davis-Herbert, CEO, Barts Office
- Susie Galyardt, Founder & CEO, XIOSS
- Jane Kennedy Greene, Chairwoman & CEO, Kenco
- Lynn Griffith, President & CEO, Welcome Events
- Terri Hall, President, Doubletake Studios
- Kathleen Hunt, President, Personalize Payroll Services
- Marlene Kelly, President & CEO, Exhibits South Corporation
- Kimberly Lawton Koon, President & CEO, Lawton Connect
- Teresa Lawrence, Owner & President, Delta Personnel, Inc.
- Jennifer Maier, CEO, WDS, Inc.
- Janice Migliore, Chairman & CEO, Palco Telecom
- Kittie Watson, President & Founder, Innolect, Inc.
- Livia Whisenhunt, Founder & CEO, PS Energy Group
To register today or see full list of sponsors, exhibitors, and resources, visit http://conf.wbenc.org!
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with over 12,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC-Certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities, and other entities. Throughout the year, WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations provide opportunities for interactions between more than 650 member corporations, government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at business building events and other forums. WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks and accepts donations from corporations, foundations and individuals that support its mission and programs. For more information, please go to www.wbenc.org.
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SOURCE Women's Business Enterprise National Council