Harvesting Partnerships

Harvesting Partnerships 2017

On November 7th, hundreds of attendees joined us for our annual Harvesting Partnerships event! The day kicked off with a seated luncheon where our keynote panel included newly appointed Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson. Moderated by Carrie Martinez with CM Productions, the panel discussed the obstacles facing women in male-dominated fields and how women business owners can give back to their communities. During the luncheon, we recognized Debbie Hurst, WBCS President, for her 20 years of service to the Counc
Lillie Knox Winners

Announcing the 2017 Lillie Knox Winners

On Tuesday, November 7 th , six women-owned companies were awarded the Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant by the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) during the Harvesting Partnerships luncheon. Each year, awards of up to $5,000 are presented in Lillie’s memory. Lillie Knox was an important part of the history and current success of the Women’s Business Council – Southwest and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). After passing away from cancer, the Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant was created to honor her legacy. The following six WBCS members received gra

WEDallas @ The DEC

On November 14th, The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) held its WEDallas Boot Camp to help inspire, equip, and empower women entrepreneurs across North Texas. The event started with a panel discussion on topics affecting women entrepreneurs. It was followed by a keynote speaker and a speed mentorship session. The event was sponsored by Capital One who has launched Future Edge, an initiative to make DFW a destination for top talent, spur growth as a world-renowned technology hub, and nurture leaders of tomorrow. Photos by Grant Miller Photography.
The continuum of capital

Financial Planning Workshop for Small Businesses

The Irving Hispanic Chamber and The Study USA proudly present this one-day business capital literacy seminar that will outline the sources of capital for small businesses. November 17th at 9:00am - 1:00pm The Study, Irving Innovation Center 801 W. Irving Blvd. Free to attend. Register here. Numerous benefits for you take advantage of such as: Gain a greater understanding of the lending market and how your business fits in Obtain tactical next steps for mapping out your access to capital Meet with experts from the banking industry Build your plan for financing your business at each stage of its
Capital Factory

Capital Factory 100k Dallas Diversity & Inclusion Investment Challenge

The Capital Factory, an Austin-based coworking space and accelerator for tech businesses, is expanding to Dallas and offering $100,000 to a diverse tech business. This particular challenge will focus on any tech or consumer startup in the North Texas area with at least one female or person of color on the executive team. In addition to the $100,000, the business will receive free coworking space, free hosting, mentorship opportunities, and more. Any tech or consumer startup can apply on AngelList to pitch at our Funding Day on January 19th. Applications are due by January 5th. Apply Here About
Parkland November 9th Event

Parkland Med-Surg Distribution Vendor Fair

Parkland’s Supplier Diversity in collaboration with Vizient (Parkland’s Group Purchasing Organization) and DFW Minority Supplier Development Council (DFWMSDC) is pleased to host a Med-Surg Distribution Reverse Vendor Fair at DFWMSDC Office location. You are invited to Meet and network with Parkland’s Contracts, Vizient Med-Surg team and Supplier Diversity staff. Meet major Med-Surg Distribution Suppliers including Cardinal, Medline Industries, Owens & Minor and others. Learn about potential subcontracting opportunities available for Parkland’s Med-Surg RFP. Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 Tim
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Austin Insights Recap

The Women's Business Council- Southwest hosted another successful Austin Insights event at the Canyon View Events Center . 100 women business owners and Sustaining (Corporate) members came together to network and hear a keynote speech by Mojdeh Gharbi, Vice President of Marketing & Operations at Certain Affinity . Gharbi's keynote speech focused on how her unique career path led her to become the Vice President of Austin's largest indie video game company which now has over a billion dollars in sales. She went into detail about how she worked both hard and smart, built a great team, and took r
Harvesting Partnerships

Women’s Event Brings Together Dallas’ Top Women in Law Enforcement

DALLAS, TEXAS (2017) —On Tuesday, November 7 th , the three women that hold Dallas’ top law enforcement positions will speak at the Women’s Business Council – Southwest’s annual Harvesting Partnerships Educational Symposium. The keynote panel will feature newly appointed Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson. This is the first time for a major city in the United States that all three top law enforcement positions are held by minority women. This keynote panel will discuss their journey to success, overcoming barr
Jennifer Blakeney

Growing a Business by Getting Involved with WBCS

Growing a Business by Getting Involved with WBCS "Since becoming certified in 2003, our percent of revenue with WBEs and Corporate Members has grown to more than 52% of our business. The membership as a WBE has also helped facilitate the growth of employees from 5 to 15 allowing us to better serve our clients with a more customer focused staff." Jennifer Blakeney, President of Guaranteed Express, Inc , has been a certified WBE and member of WBCS since 2003. Getting involved with WBCS has helped grow her business revenue and the number of employees. She was also selected to be a part of the Toy
Governor's Small Business Forum

Governor's Small Business Forum

The Governor's Small Business Forum in Dallas /Fort Worth is coming up, on October 4, 2017. Presented by the US India Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by the Governor's Office and the Texas Workforce Commission, the Governor's Small Business Forum provides entrepreneurs and small businesses valuable tools, skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today's fast-paced economy. Featuring a wide range of instructive seminars and expert speakers offering vital information on both public and private resources, the forums offer a great opportunity to network and connect with industry specialists, go