WBCS Members Win Big at MSDC E Awards

Five of our members were recently presented with awards at the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development E-Awards . These awards celebrate the achievements of companies and indivuals who demonstrate operational excellence and real results related to the engagement and use of certified ethnic minority-owned businesses. Congratulations and thank you for your contributions to the success of WBE’s! Argent Associates MBE Supplier of the Year, Class IV DFW International Airport Buying Entity of the Year Bracane Company MBE Supplier of the Year Jack Daniell, Oncor Buyer of the Year Gwen Wilson,

ICON Information Consultants Named Houston's Largest Woman-Owned Business

ICON Information Consultants , has been as ranked as the largest women-owned business in the Houston area for the third year in a row by the Houston Business Journal. “As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) since 2001, we are proud to continue earning the highest spot in the HBJ list of largest Houston-area woman-owned businesses,” said Pamela Chambers O’Rourke, Founder and CEO. “It is always an honor to be included in such an accomplished group of women in the Houston area.” ICON Information Consultants is a provider of human capital solutions, consulting, payroll and professional

BuzzBallz' Merrilee Kick Featured in Dallas Innovates

WBE Merrilee Kick, president and CEO of Southern Champion/ BuzzBallz , was recently featured in Dallas Innovates . Her company's signature product, BuzzBallz, is a line of premixed cocktails in colorful, ball-like containers with equally colorful names. Recently, BuzzBallz announced its newest offering, BuzzTalls, wine-based cocktails in poolside-friendly plastic cans. Read more about Kick's story and how her journey as an entrepreneur began.

We Salute Our Heroes

Today we recognize, WBE, Chelsea Derrah for serving 4 active years in the US Army as a Korean Linguist. Chelsea's certified woman and service-disabled-veteran-owned company, DME currently distributes bulk copy paper, medical supplies and equipment, MRO products, and a variety of office technologies to large corporations, state agencies, and the federal government. DME is also a licensed pharmaceutical and medical device wholesaler. DME's primary role as a sales intermediary is to enable businesses in the public and private sector to market their products and services, while also supporting

How Applying For The Lillie Knox Grant Helped Expand My Business

"I wanted to transform communities positively. When the opportunity arose for me to apply for the Lillie Knox Award , I did because I saw the benefits. I knew that the grant could allow me to grow my business." Kaylynn Jordan, CEO of Ethical Sourcing Network , has been a certified WBE since 2013. The company is dedicated to designing and delivering products that create positive change in the lives of others. How many years as a WBCS member? I started researching the market in 2012, and I officially launched in 2013. My first decision as a business owner was to become a certified woman-owned

Making a Difference With WiNGS

Through the WBCS partnership with WiNGS , Dr. Rochelle Webb has been a dedicated volunteer at WiNGS (Women in Need of Generous Support), non-profit offering programs to help women lead a better life. With over 20 years of management and leadership experience having served in both public sector government and the for-profit private sector, including six years in federal, state and local business consulting, Rochelle is a committed, certified trainer, executive coach, and educational consultant dedicated to helping women achieve business ownership. As a WiNGS volunteer, Dr. Webb teaches the RiSE

Thank You WBCS Volunteers

April was National Volunteer Month and to celebrate we took time to surprise our WBE and Sustaining (Corporate) volunteers for their hard work and dedication in contributing to the success of the Council. On Thank You Tuesday and Thursday, we surprised our volunteers with goodies and balloons. We want to thank all of our volunteers that work diligently during the year; we could not provide many of our services without your help. Volunteers deserve to be applauded and we want to say you're appreciated. Watch our video to see some of the volunteers we surprised already. We have a few more

We Celebrate Our Regional Volunteer of the Year

For National Volunteer Month, we want to acknowledge our Regional Volunteer of the Year! The Regional Volunteer of the Year award recognizes an individual for their dedication to our mission of promoting women business enterprises and their active assistance in Council programs and events. This year, at the 2018 Parade of Stars Awards Gala, the award was presented to Melanie Handy of VMware for serving as a primary local resource for encouraging, educating, and connecting women-owned businesses. Handy serves on the Austin committee, has offered up her talents as a presenter at several Austin

The #MeToo Campaign Has Sparked A Fight For Equal Pay

Since #MeToo , the hashtag that rocked the world went viral last October in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein; women are demanding equal pay. The movement has become a worldwide phenomenon, and for the first time, the world knows that these once-fledgling women movements are not to be disregarded. Today, women have come forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Because of the campaign, companies are firing employees who have used their power to harass or assault their colleagues sexually — and, in some cases, have replaced