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May WomenRISE:The importance of a women-owned business certification/How To Do Business With FEMA

May 9, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am CDT


Join us for double the fun at our May WomenRISE with Bliss Coulter, President & CEO at the Women’s Business Council-Southwest for Women’s Business Council-Southwest: The importance of a women owned business certification and Damoris Trenea Smith, Contracting Specialist, FEMA Region VI: How To Do Business With FEMA

The Women’s Business Council-Southwest certifies women-owned businesses with the WBENC certification which is the most widely recognized and respected national certification for women-owned businesses in the U.S.

This certification helps women gain access to a vast network of support, including targeted business opportunities for certified women-owned firms, increased visibility in corporate and government supply chains, education and development programs to spur growth and increase capacity, and networking and mentorship opportunities with thousands of women entrepreneurs and those who support them.

In this workshop you will learn:

How to get certified
The importance of certification and leveraging the WBCS network
How to engage with WBCS to expand your business
Be prepared to work with major corporations
How to navigate the supplier diversity space


When FEMA responds to a disaster, its goal is to contract with local businesses in the affected area, whenever practical and feasible.

In this workshop you will learn to:

Understand FEMA’s Mission and Goals
What it takes to get involved

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