Upcoming Events

Woman Entrepreneur's Exchange

Don’t miss this panel of certified Women Business Enterprises and supplier diversity professionals discussing how to maximize WBE certification. Each member of the panel has successfully leveraged certification to build relationships and partnerships, and increase their business opportunities.

Austin, Texas

Executive Insights

Join us for Executive Insights featuring keynote speaker, Jeff Davis, EVP & Chief Financial Officer of JCPenney.

You don't want to miss this exciting and impactful event. 

JCPenney Home Office

Dallas Events

Parade of Stars Awards Gala

The Parade of Stars Awards Gala is an illuminating semi-formal evening event honoring Women’s Business Enterprises and Sustaining (Corporate) Members who go above and beyond to ensure the successes of women-owned businesses. The event features a cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony, and after party. (February 2018)

View the 2018 Award Winners

Power to Potential

Power to Potential is a half-day business forum that features a luncheon, keynote speaker, corporate roundtables, Power Pitch sessions, educational workshops, and a networking reception. Attendees will have the opportunity to select a workshop track tailored to their business development needs. (April 2018)

Business Works Expo

Business Works Expo is a half-day event that connects women business owners with corporations and government entities. The event features a seated lunch with keynote speaker, business fair, roundtable procurement sessions, and networking reception. This is the perfect opportunity to make lasting connections and recognize individuals who are committed to the success of women-owned businesses and supplier diversity. (September 6, 2018 at Arlington Convention Center - registration opens in late July)

Harvesting Partnerships Educational Symposium

Harvesting Partnerships is a half-day conference focused on top-tier educational programming. The event begins with the Lillie Knox Memorial Luncheon featuring a keynote speaker and the Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Awards presentation. The afternoon is dedicated to educational workshops and a networking reception. (November 7, 2017 at Courtyard Grapevine - Registration opens late September)

View the 2017 Lillie Knox Grant Winners

Austin Events

Woman Entrepreneur's Exchange

Woman Entrepreneur's Exchange is a bi-annual event featuring a workshop, Sustaining (Corporate) Member supplier diversity spotlight and networking reception focused on business and professional development opportunities. (July 25, 2018)

Winning the Bid

Winning the Bid is a WBE focused event, featuring roundtable discussions on procurement opportunities with Sustaining (Corporate) Members. The event begins with a networking breakfast with community partners followed by table rotations. (April 6, 2018)

Austin Insights

Austin Insights is a premier evening event featuring an executive keynote presentation and networking reception. Women business owners, procurement professionals, government officials and community partners convene at this Austin area event to create valuable connections and discover upcoming business opportunities. (September 20, 2018)

Lillie Knox
Investing for Growth Grant

Lillie Knox was an important part of the history and current success of the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Lillie passed away after a long battle with cancer on November 10, 2003.

In 2005, the Lillie Knox Investing for Growth Grant was created by WBCS to honor Lillie for her support of women business enterprises through her commitment, spirit, passion and determination.

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Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities

Take advantage of the opportunity to support WBCS, while obtaining valuable recognition for your organization.

Sponsorships are available exclusively to our members. With the help of our sponsors, WBCS will continue to host the events and programs that give our members the chance to grow their businesses.

To become a WBCS sponsor, please complete the worksheet below and send it to Lindsay Pittard, Director of Programs. The worksheet will be updated in real time to update availability.