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Innovation is the Key to Women-Owned Businesses Flourishing

Innovation is the Key to Women-Owned Businesses Flourishing

In order for a business to succeed, thrive and flourish, innovation is essential. 

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), is holding an Innovation Summit, March 22-24 in Phoenix, Arizona.

It will consist of industry-based roundtable discussions on engaging and empowering women-owned businesses to gain access to a variety of opportunities.    

On March 23rd, an Invitation-only event called WeInnovate will highlight the women-owned businesses that provide new and innovative solutions in categories such as Computing, Information Technology, Energy & Environmental and Manufacturing. 

More specifically, in areas like 3-D Imaging & Printing, Battery Technology, Energy Storage, Algorithm development for IT, eCommerce, and Software/Apps development. For the full list click here

Avis Yates Rivers, CEO of Technology Concepts Group International (TCGi) will be one of the presenters, highlighting the innovative approach TCGI has taken to streamline and aggregate supply chain and procurement processes.

Avis recently appeared on CNBC show On The Money providing her thought leadership on the issue of getting more women in STEM. As a member of the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) board, increasing the meaningful participation of women, particularly African American and Latina women, in technology has become Avis’ mission.


The Summit’s keynote speakers will include Nastia Liukin & Dr. Jen Welter. 

Nastia won 5 medals at the 2008 Olympics, is a business owner, has her own clothing line SuperGirl by Nastia, was a contestant on Season 20 of Dancing with the Stars and travels the country on The Shine Tour which encourages girls of all ages to have self-confidence and shine in their own lives. 

Dr. Jen Welter is the first female to coach in the NFL. She also became the first woman to play running back on a men’s professional indoor football team, the Texas Revolution, where she played the entire season.

The roundtables, representing a cross-section of industries, will discuss ways to:  

1 – assist WBEs in aligning and integrating within the supply chain   

2 – provide access to investors, advisors and mentors to foster collaboration and create strategic growth opportunities for WBEs  

3 – create educational opportunities that enable WBEs to learn, adapt and succeed in the dynamic and innovative environment

Many industries will be represented, among them:

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Automotive and Defense,
  • Retail and Food & Beverage,
  • Technology,
  • Pharmaceutical and Chemical,
  • Financial Services and
  • Business and Professional Services

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit and the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States.

Their vision: To be the leader in women’s business development.

Their mission: To fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying and facilitating development of women-owned businesses.

More information on the WBENC can be found here.

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