Working Schedule


10:00am – Registration Opens
Location: Grand Registration

10:00 – 11:30am
WBDC Program Alumni Reunion
Location: Rosemont B
Alumni of various WBDC programs reunite and reconnect

10:00 – 11:30am
Shirley Marx Regional Pitch Finale
Location: Rosemont D
Winners of the pitch competitions in our five major markets compete in the grand finale

10:00am – 4:00pm
Galleria Market
Location: Grand Foyer
Local women entrepreneurs sell apparel,  jewelry, art work, gourmet treats, and other inspiring items

12:00 – 2:00pm
Keynote Luncheon & Awards Celebration
Location: Grand ABCD

2:00 – 4:00pm
Business Matchmaker
Location: Grand E
WBENC-certified WBEs pitch for contracting opportunities to representatives from large corporate and public sector entities

2:00 – 4:00pm
Business Connections Meet & Greet
Location: Grand GH
Open meet & greet to explore future business opportunities and collaborations with corporate and public sector entities, mid-market businesses, and prime contractors

2:00 – 4:00pm
Business Resources Meet & Greet
Location: Grand FG
Open meet & greet for growth-enhancing connections with a range of small business program and service providers

2:00 – 3:00pm/3:15 – 4:15pm
Supplier Diversity Lab
Location:  Rosemont A

2:00 – 3:00pm/3:15 – 4:15pm
Technology, Innovation, & Cybersecurity Lab
Location: Rosemont B

2:00 – 3:00pm/3:15 – 4:15pm
Public Relations Lab
Location: Rosemont C

4:30 – 6:00pm
Networking Reception
Location: Grand ABCD
A festive way to end the conference day and connect with business owners and WBDC corporate, public sector, and community partners



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