2014 Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance EXPO – KPRC Houston

KPRC Houston

SO WHERE WILL YOU BE WHEN THOUSANDS OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND DIVERSITY MANAGERS MEET AT THE LARGEST WOMEN’S BUSINESS OWNERS EVENT IN TEXAS? WELL, HOPEFULLY THERE. THIS MORNING, APRIL DAY IS HERE WITH US TO TELL US ALL ABOUT IT. HUGE EXPO IN HOUSTON, AND IT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR HOW LONG? 15 YEARS. WOW. 15 YEARS. WOW. SO THIS IS SUCH A — IT’S A HOUSTON MARKER IN THE CAREER OF THIS BECAUSE YOU’VE MOVED FROM RELIANT TO GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER. BIGGER SPACE OF BIGGER SPACE. RIGHT IN THE HUB OF DOWNTOWN, SO IT ALLOWS A LOT OF ACCESSIBILITY FOR OUR CORPORATE ENTITIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE THERE AND IT ALLOWS IN-AND-OUT MOVEMENT FOR SOME OF OUR SMALL BUSINESSES THAT WILL BE THERE AS WELL. SO WHAT SHOULD WOMEN EXPECT WHEN THEY WALK THROUGH THE DOORS? FIRST THING I WOULD EXPECT THEM TO THINK ABOUT IS THIS IS AMAZING, BECAUSE IT WILL BE AN AMAZING EVENT. WITHIN 48 HOURS, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH 1500 WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS, CORPORATE PARTNERS AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES THAT ARE LOOKING FOR PURCHASING BUSINESSES THAT THEY CAN DO PURCHASES WITH, AND BUSINESSES THAT THEY CAN PROVIDE CONTRACTS TO AND THEN YOU ALSO HAVE OTHER WOMEN C.E.O.s THAT ARE LOOKING FOR THAT CONNECTIVITY, BUT IT’S ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE NEW BUSINESSES OR THOSE INDIVIDUALS, THOSE ENTREPRENEURS THAT ARE JUST THINKING, I WANT TO START MY BUSINESS, WHAT’S MY NEXT STEP. THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE YOU CAN KIND OF START HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING AND MAKING THE CONNECTIVE POINTS AND GETTING THE EDUCATION AND THE SUPPORT YOU NEED TO REALLY LAUNCH THAT BUSINESS AND GROW AND BE STRONG. OH, WOW, THAT’S AWESOME. REALLY GOOD TOOLS AND NETWORK, AND LIKE YOU SAID, GET YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND AND HEAR FROM OTHER WOMEN AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE COMMUNITY. ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. WE’RE EXCITED THIS YEAR, TOO, BECAUSE AS ONE OF OUR PIECES FOR THE EXPO, WE HAVE A LUNCHEON, IT’S AN AWARDS LUNCHEON WHERE WE AWARD OUR CORPORATE ENTITIES FOR WHAT THEY’VE DONE IN THE BUSINESS OF SMALL BUSINESS, BUT WE HAVE OUR KEY NOTE SPEAKER IS NINA WALLACE, THE AUTHOR OF SUITS, A WOMAN ON WALL STREET, AND SO SHE’LL TALK ABOUT WHAT I CALL THE WOMEN’S PURE GRIT AND GRATE IN TERMS OF OUR LEVEL OF INFLUENCERS AND OUR LEVEL IN TERMS OF OUR LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY. I LOVE THAT, BECAUSE WE’RE UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT AND WE DO HAVE SO MUCH INFLUENCE. RIGHT? WE HAVE THE CAPACITY OF THAT. ABSOLUTELY. AND SO YOU’RE ALSO GIVING AWAY SOME SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES? WE’RE THE THIRD PARTY CERTIFICATION AGENCY, SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO START YOUR BUSINESS OR YOU ALREADY HAVE A BUSINESS AND YOU WANT TO GET CERTIFIED SO THAT YOU CAN — THAT OPENS UP THE DOOR FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN TERMS OF THAT CORPORATE PROCUREMENT AND BIDDING ON THE CONTRACT THAT WE HAVE GOING ON WITHIN OUR 94 COUNTIES, AND SO WE PROVIDE THE NETWORKING, VERY STRATEGIC NETWORKING, EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN ALL OF OUR LUNCHONS, ALL OF OUR EVENTS SUCH AS THE EXPO, AND THEN WE PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS. LAST YEAR WE AWARDED $ 25,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO UTILIZE WITHIN 2014, SO WE’RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT, AND WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 760 WOMEN AND IT’S AMAZING BECAUSE YOU START TO SEE ALL THIS, I CALL IT THE GREAT MACHINE OF BUSINESS, BUT THOSE SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY AS A BUSINESS OWNER TO ATTEND, SHARPEN THE SAW, BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS YOUR PARTNERS IN BUSINESS, SO ANYONE THAT’S ON YOUR TEAM, ANY OF YOUR STAFF MEMBERS CAN ALSO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP AND CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP. I LOVE THAT. GIVING BACK. THAT’S GREAT. THAT IS EXCELLENT. AND SO THE EVENT IS GOING TO BE IN MAY AND IT’S THE 2th THROUGH THE 29th. THERE’S INFORMATION RIGHT THERE ON THE SCREEN, THE GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER, AND, OF COURSE, YOU CAN HEAD TO THE WEB SITE TO GET MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS. APRIL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR


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