WEConnection, February 2017, Volume 18

Make Your Women-Owned Business Stand Out!
How Are You Using the Women Owned Logo to Promote Your Business?

Tell us how you are using the Women Owned logo to promote your WEConnect International certified women's business enterprise for a chance to be featured in our success stories, WBENC's Women-Owned Wednesdays blog, and/or the Women Owned Logo website. A number of businesses have already been featured, including:
Women Owned is an initiative to enable consumers and buyers to identify products created and services provided by Women Owned businesses. When you see the logo, you know that the company is owned and operated by a woman or women, as certified by WBENC or WEConnect International. 

Send your story to logo@weconnectinternational.org. If you are a certified business that is not using the logo yet, please reach out to us at logo@weconnectinternational.org, as well, and we'll help you get started.

Showcase Your Business at the WEConnect International Symposium and Gala

Attention WEConnect International certified women business owners - Get your business featured at the WEConnect International Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Symposium or Gala!

Create a 60-seconds (or less) video showcasing how we have been of value to you and your WEConnect International certified women's business enterprise and post it on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/WEConnection/

For those who do not have access to Facebook, please send an email to  logo@weconnectinternational.org  with a link to where the video is saved.

The deadline for entries is February 16, 2017, so act fast!

Women-Owned Success Stories
Cosmeticos Laita - Costa Rica

Laura Arce from Cosm├ęticos Laita, a Costa Rican natural cosmetics company founded in 2003, met the local Marriott International procurement team at the 2015 WEConnect International Business Roundtable. Marriott International, a WEConnect International corporate member, was revamping their spa menus and was looking for natural cosmetics suppliers. Laura was given the challenge of developing a new product line to suit their spa treatment needs and another one for retail. Laita started the research and development process, met with Marriott International for testing, feedback, formula adjustments and packaging options, and finally got the new line approved for all of their spas.

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Granja Huevo de Oro - Costa Rica

Granja Huevo de Oro is a Costa Rican company founded 11 years ago by Karol Flores.  It produces, markets, and distributes organic, natural, and cage-, hormone-, antibiotic-, vitamin-free eggs. Although farm production was increasing, Karol had been having trouble placing the product in large hotel chains. In 2016, she decided to get certified with WEConnect International and, as she says, "WEConnect International marked a before-and-after for Granja Huevo de Oro. Getting certified as a women-owned business and the connections made through WEConnect International opened doors we had been knocking on for a long time." 

Iglo Architects - Turkey

WEConnect International certified women's business enterprise Iglo Architects was founded in Istanbul in 2001 by two architects, with  as its current managing partner.  
"It is difficult for an architect to run a company. They don't teach how to run a company at the faculty of architecture," says Esen. "An architect literally has no idea about taxes, financial statements, law, hr, pr...basically knows nothing about management unless they have a corporate background where they can learn these things."

Featured Partner Event

Global Compact Network Canada's Gender Equality Forum 2017

Date: April 3-4, 2017 |  Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

At the Gender Equality Forum 2017, participants can help set an "Action Agenda" to scale up efforts to advance gender equality and network with leaders in business, government, and UN agencies to explore opportunities for partnership and collective action.

More Events
Women Entrepreneurs Connecting to a Corporate World
Date: February 21, 2017
Location: Ehningen, Germany

WEConnect International in Colombia Forum
Date: February 28, 2017
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Register Now (En Espanol)

WEConnect International in Nigeria Conference
Date: March 8, 2017
Location: Lagos, Nigeria

WBENC Summit and Salute
Date: March 21-23, 2017
Location: New Orleans, LA, USA

WEConnect International Gala
Date: March 30, 2017
Location: Washington, DC, USA

3rd Annual Women in Procurement Conference
Date: April 26-28, 2017
Location: Melbourne, Australia

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