Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources
General Announcements
CDC Disinfecting Guidelines for Reopening
This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home.

Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other  daily habits  to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
WBENCPitch Pivot is designed to highlight women entrepreneurs who have pivoted their businesses and stepped outside of the box to create or offer products, services, and solutions that fill supply chain gaps during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The tournament begins with a virtual  WBENCPitch Pivot Showcase  featuring 90-second pitch videos from eligible WBEs, where the entire WBENC network can weigh in and vote for their favorite pitch. 
The 12 WBEs who receive the most votes will then deliver their best pitch to a panel of WBENC Corporate Member judges and b e eligible to win up to $10,000 in grant funding.

Applications are open  today through Friday, June 5, 2020.  All applicants must prepare and submit a 90-second pitch video for consideration. 
WBENC is proud to announce its brand new podcast — Women Who Own It!

Today’s leading women-owned businesses are pioneers in their field, setting trends, blazing trails, and bringing forth game-changing innovations. Women Who Own It , a new WBENC Podcast for and by women entrepreneurs and their supporters, is your key to the insights of these incredible female founders and business leaders. 

The podcast is set to launch in early June so make sure to subscribe now & join our bold community of Women Who Own It for inspiration and valuable take-aways!!

You can watch the trailer below:
Women United COVID Diaper Drive
COVID-19 has shed a brighter light on many issues negatively impacting our communities. Fresh diapers for children are incredibly important to the health and hygiene of our youth and that’s why Women United is currently accepting donations of diapers and pull-ups in a wide range of sizes in addition to baby wipes .

Now through June 12th your full support and donation is how we, together can help ensure that families in our area have a sufficient supply of diapers and other youth hygiene related needs for their children.
Partner Webinars
Center for Women &Enterprise | Eastern MA
June 1, 4-6:00pm

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company.

Workshop topics will include:
  • Different types of entity formations
  • Contract basics
  • Intellectual property considerations
  • Licenses and regulations

Attending this workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect and ensure the success of your new business.
Marketing Your Business Through a Crisis
June 2, 2:00pm

WBENC is excited to partner with AARP for a special webinar event on how business owners and entrepreneurs can best navigate the COVID-19 crisis and adapt your marketing and sales in a new virtual world.

Led by multi-award winning marketing expert Sydni Craig-Hart, CEO of Smart Simple Marketing, this session will help you adapt your marketing strategy to make a meaningful virtual impact and set yourself apart from the competition during a crisis where agility and communication are key factors for success. 
Table Topics: Conversational Intelligence
Women's Business Council - Southwest
June 9, 11:30 - 1:00pm; $45

Now more than ever, business leaders are in search of ways to remain viable, stable and competitive. Trust, commitment, and loyalty from customers, vendors, and employees are some of the most important factors for maintaining a competitive advantage.

This introductory session on Conversational Intelligence ® will share what is going on in your brain when trust and strong connections exist. You will also learn the significant impact and limitations that arise when fear, uncertainty, and stress are present. We then turn this knowledge into power by teaching how to build trust through conversations.   
Stay at Home Activities!
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden hosts a fun, at-home classroom experience for the community called “Home Safari Facebook Live,” in which they highlight one of their animals and include fun activities every day at 3PM ET.

The interactive live events let kids ask questions, share their finished projects with each other and enjoy an educational 20-min. distraction each day.
Whether you’ve been working from home for years or you’re trying to pick up working from home best practices on the fly, this collection of articles from the Conferences for Women has you covered.

This page will be updated regularly with content from speakers.

Please stay healthy and safe during this time, and know that WBEC-East remains a resource to you and your business.