July 2015
Issue 2

Staff WEConnect International Day 2015: A Huge Success! 

On June 22, nearly 200 women business owners, corporate members, and government officials from 10 different countries met for a day dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs and educating all on the benefits of supplier diversity and inclusion. The conference presented a tremendous opportunity for suppliers and buyers alike to make new business connections, and we're certain that many left with new leads and business ideas.

Special thanks to event sponsor ExxonMobil and supporters D&B, Monsanto, and Walmart for ensuring the success of WEConnect International Day. 

Learn more about the conference and see photos from throughout the day. For those of you who were able to attend, we would love for you to give us your feedback.

We hope to see more certified women business enterprises at WEConnect International Day 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Mark your calendars!

Share your expertise and connect with Walmart, Pick n Pay

WEConnect International has partnered with AWEP on a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch AWEP: Women as the Missing Middle of Africa's Supply Chain Project.


Certified WBEs are invited to share your invaluable support and guidance to other women owned businesses from AWEP. If you commit at least 6 mentoring hours to an AWEP entrepreneur by August 31st, you will also be eligible to connect with technical officers from Pick n Pay and Walmart. The method of communication is entirely up to you and your mentee - it could be Skype, email, phone or the conversation interface on MicroMentor.

Sign up as a mentor by Friday, July 17 and email Liz Whitehead at lwhitehead@weconnectinternational.org to confirm that you are participating.

Success Story
Colombia: Crispy Fruits

Colombian entrepreneur Jimena Florez founded Crispy Fruits in 2011 to provide healthy, natural, convenient, and delicious fruit snacks.

When WEConnect International began certifying women's business enterprises in Colombia this year, Jimena jumped at the opportunity. 

During WEConnect International's first ever Latin American Forum in Colombia in March, Jimena met with corporate reps from an international hotel chain. What happened next? You can now find Crispy Fruit's fitness, power, and exotic mixes in mini-bars in select hotels in Bogota.

We're not the only ones who have marveled at Jimena's quick success. She was recently recognized by President Obama as a stand-out female entrepreneur providing healthy foods and supporting organic farming in Colombia.


Business Advice
How to Pitch to Corporate Buyers

Virgin StartUp recently published some tips from WEConnect International in Europe on how to approach corporate buyers. This concise guide provides best practices that will increase your chances of making business deals with big corporations. The advice column provides a real life example of certified woman business owner Anna Louise Simpson and her successful business deal with Marriott International. Be sure to try Simpsons Tea if you stay with Marriott in London.

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In the News
WEConnect International is the 2015 Best of Washington Nonprofit

WEConnect International has been selected for the 2015 Best of Washington Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Washington Award Program.

Each year, the Washington Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the DC community.         

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Canada: Winning Season for Olen Cosmetics

It has been a busy awards year for Majda Ficko, President of the Winnipeg-based Olen Cosmetics Corporation Inc., and WEConnect International-Canada certified business owner.

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We Need More Linkages Among Business Women

With a view to create more opportunities, WEConnect International is canvassing for linkages among women in businesses in Nigeria and their counterparts overseas.

Save the Date & Register Today

Profiles in Success: Using the Women Owned Logo with Teach My & Imprint Plus
Date: July 22, 2015
Location: Online

WEConnect Academy Module 1: Understanding & Growing Your Business
Date: August 12, 2015
Location: Online

WEConnect Academy Module 2: Understanding & Reaching Your Customer
Date: September 9, 2015
Location: Online

WEConnect International in Brazil Forum
Date: October 2, 2015
Location: São Paolo, Brazil
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WEConnect International in India Annual Think Big Women in Business Forum
Date: October 9, 2015
Location: Delhi, India