13th Annual WBEC-West Strategic Procurement Opportunity Conference

Henderson, Nevada
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The future is built on relationships. The connections you make today, at this conference, will prove to be fruitful for years to come. How do you foresee future business; look around today!

WBEC-West is providing some very unique ways for WBEs to connect with other WBEs, diverse business owners, and corporate partners. There are four structured strategic business connections planned for the 13th Annual Strategic Procurement Opportunity Conference.

Please see below for a description of all the organized opportunities to connect and present your companies capabilities. In order to be considered for the WBE2WBE Strategic Business Connection, Matchmaker Madness, and Next Level Matchmaking, please see instructions below. 


Before starting your registration, please be prepared to enter your business information and upload the following documents. 

  1. Certifications
  2. Business Information/Licenses
  3. Capability Statement and/or video
  1. Please go to http://procurementregistration.com/wbec 
  2. Scroll down and select the any 13th Annual WBEC-West event listings, click "Register Now"
  3. If you are new to the system, please select New User on the User Login Page. If you have used the system before, please enter in your username and password.
  4. For new users, you must create an account.
  5. Complete “Create Account” page, for certified WBEs please click "Supplier" for Supplier Diversity and Corporate Representatives click "Buyer"
  6. Check the boxes of the event you would like to register for, located below contact information. 
  7. Make sure to save the username and password for future Matchmaking Opportunities
For returning users, please ensure all of your information is up to date.  Once you have reviewed your information, please select the two Matchmaker Madness events that will be held at the 13th Annual WBEC-West Strategic Procurement Opportunity Conference. To access the event registration, please click the "Calendar" icon located at the top of your screen. The icon can be identified by the green plus symbol.  Once you have selected this box, you will be registered for the matchmakers.

Meeting notifications will be sent out after September 1, 2016. Your notifications will provide detailed instructions room information and instructions on participation. 

**PLEASE NOTE – For participating corporations, please view our sponsorship and participating corporation page.  New corporations are being added weekly.  

If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact support at office@wbec-west.org

Roundtable Business Connections – (Thursday, September 8, 2016)

Round Table Business Connections provides the opportunity for certified WBEs to connect with corporations and other WBEs in a round table group discussion. There will be a corporate/prime host of the table, who will connect with each WBE as well as provide an opportunity for WBEs to ask questions and interact. Participating corporations will be announced at a later date. This event is open to WBENC certified WBEs only.

The purpose of having this style of networking on the front end of the 13th Annual Strategic Procurement Conference is for WBEs to get to know each other and begin a conversation and/or relationship that can be developed over the next two days of the conference.

  • 15 minute round-robin style meetings.
  • Fewer than 8 Suppliers (certified WBEs) to 1-2 Corporate Representative(s).
  • Each supplier (certified WBE) will have 1 minute to present their company to the table while the remaining time of the session will be utilized by the corporation to field/ask questions.
  • The round-robin meetings will end promptly at the 15 minute mark and WBEs will move to a new table.
  • WBEs are able to participate in 3 rotations.
  • Each WBE will be able to meet with 3 corporations.
  • Please respect the corporations who will be facilitating the meetings and the time of your fellow WBEs in the meeting.
  • Suppliers (WBEs) will be able to move around the room freely. Please be patient and selective with the participating corporations.

WBE2WBE Strategic Business Connections - (Thursday, September 8, 2016)

WBE Partnering, WBE Networking, WBE Successful is something to remember! With women-owned businesses being the fastest growing market in the nation, it is important to understand the purchasing power of women CEOs. The future is women purchasing from other women, so WBEC-West built a program to ignite connections.

The WBE2WBE Strategic Business Connections will allow a select group of 40-50 WBEs to sit as buyers with all other certified WBEs who are attending the conference. If you completed your registration for the Matchmaker Madness, you will automatically be included to be considered for one-on-one meetings with women CEOs who are the purchasing decision makers for their companies. The companies will be everything from 200 million dollar engineering firms to 5 million dollar production shops.

WBE2WBE Strategic Business Connections are not guaranteed and a certified WBE must be registered for the conference to be considered for a match. The deadline to register for the WBE2WBE meeting is August 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM. WBEs who successfully complete the WBE2WBE registration will be notified by September 1, 2016 by email with a schedule. There are many other opportunities to connect with corporations (i.e.; Roundtable Business). The participating firms will be announced on September 1, 2016 by email.

Throughout the conference, from registering on the event website to the Awards Dinner, you will constantly be reminded the importance of connecting and doing business with other certified WBEs. Here are a few tips to observe closely.

  1. During registration, you will be asked to list your current/reoccurring sourcing needs. A list of all the registrants who participated correctly in this registration question will be published in a WBE2WBE Sourcing Guide that will be emailed and shared onsite. You can see who might be looking for your product/service.
  2. WBE2WBE Connect will be lounges set up throughout the venue for you to write down your capabilities, share your current sourcing needs, and connect with other WBEs.
  3. WBE2WBE pin will be available onsite for $5; this will let attendees know you are actively adding women-owned businesses to your supply chain.

Matchmaker Madness – (Friday, September 9, 2016)

The Matchmaker Madness is set for Friday, September 9, 2016 at the 13th Annual WBEC-West Conference in Henderson, NV. Matchmaker Madness is designed to help connect certified WBENC WBE and certified NMSDC MBE companies with corporations. The system matches corporations with WBEs based on current and/or upcoming procurement opportunities. These meetings offer the opportunity for WBEs to make an introduction to the corporations and begin developing a relationship. The meetings are 10 minutes for each pre-scheduled corporate Matchmaker.

Matchmaker Madness meetings are not guaranteed and a certified WBE must be registered for the conference to be considered for a match. The deadline to register for the Matchmaker Madness meeting is August 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM. WBEs who successfully complete the Matchmaker Madness registration will be notified by September 1, 2016 by email with a schedule. There are many other opportunities to connect with corporations (i.e.; Roundtable Business). Please visit Participating Corporations for a list of attending corporations.

Next Level Matchmaking – Buyer Connection – (Friday, September 9, 2016)

WBEC-West has partnered with MGM Resorts new construction group and has invited contract managers/buyers to meet one-on-one with our certified WBEs for a high valued 15 minute capabilities presentation. Next Level Matchmaking is industry specific, so do not encourage individuals not providing construction services to register.

In order to register to participate, attendees must be registered for the conference and successfully registered for the event on WBEC-West’s matchmaker site no later than August 19, 2016. Meetings are not guaranteed and will be emailed out after September 1, 2016.


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