WBEC South

Insights: February 2016

Message from WBEC South President Dear friends, Welcome to our first edition of WBEC South INSIGHTS! I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead such a dynamic organization and have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of our staff, corporate members and WBE community. WBEC South is truly a special place and…

Women Innovators Needed

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Calling all Women Innovators- Does your business specialize in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, or technology solutions using or compatible with the Microsoft Azure platform? Then this challenge is for YOU! Deadline to submit your proposal is March 20, 2016, so don’t delay! The 411: Microsoft Innovation Challenge Objective: Establish a pipeline for women-owned businesses to…

WBEC South 2016 Business Star Announced

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Each year the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the leader in women’s business development, honors 14 exemplary women business leaders with the nation’s premier award for excellence in small business leadership—the WBE Star Award. The 2016 WBENC WBE Stars are selected by WBENC’s 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), which process WBENC’s world-class certification, in…

Jennings company specializes in safe buildings

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JENNINGS — For more than 17 years Safe Haven Enterprises has designed and built products to protect lives and property from both disasters and attacks. The Jennings-based company is an industry leader in the design and construction of forced-entry/ballistic and blast-resistant custom steel-fabricated modular buildings, doors, walls, louvers and windows. Its clients include the military,…

Quest Group Lands win at Annual Telly Awards

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BIRMINGHAM, AL-09-11-15- The Telly Awards has named Quest Group of Birmingham, Alabama, a winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly was won for the production of the BankFirst video, Who We Are. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, winning a Telly is truly an honor among creative peers…

Toyota Invites You to Opportunity Exchange

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Since 1990, Toyota’s Opportunity Exchange, the annual supplier development conference and trade show, has helped diverse companies build strategic relationships with Toyota Tier I Suppliers. Relationships established through Opportunity Exchange have resulted in more than $250 million dollars of contracts between Tier I Suppliers and diverse entrepreneurs. Companies certified with NMSDC, WBENC, CAMSC and/or WBE-Canada…

Jambalaya Girl Featured in Inc. Magazine

The Jambalaya Girl, Kristin Preau, is a WBEC South WBE that got certified and dove into getting involved. She volunteered where ever she could and attended as many events as possible. Kristin is now the Chair of WBEC South’s new Champion Program. Kristin Preau got her seasonings business off to a start in the days…

Demo Diva Talks at TEDxNapaValley

WBE Simone Bruni shares the idea behind the creation of the Demo Diva as part of the TEDxNapaValley 2015 “Redefining Success: changing direction mid-stream” event.

After losing her Louisiana home in the Katrina floods, Simone Bruni took on the daunting task of rebuilding. She quickly recognized that demolition was the first step to helping her neighbors start over in the devastated region and founded the Demo Diva Demolition Company. With a strong background in marketing, Simone positioned the Demo Diva for success in a male-dominated industry and reinvented the recipe for construction marketing, public relations, social media and customer service to create strong brand identity and raving “fans” instead of customers. Starting with one hot pink Volvo excavator and five hot pink dumpsters, the Demo Diva has grown into an inspirational business success story.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Find out more about Simone and her work at Demo Diva here – http://demodiva.com/

Patricia Vanderpool Joins NSBA Leadership

Patricia A. Vanderpool, MS, LPC, CEAP, NCGC-I, EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC Owner/President, is honored to have accepted an invitation to join the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council.  She will work on the Health and Human Resources Committee. The Leadership Council is a critical component to the success of grassroots efforts across the country…

And the Award Goes to…ACCENT

NEW ORLEANS, LA— August 25, 2015 – Diane B. Lyons, CMP, DMCP, President of ACCENT on Arrangements,Inc., a DMC Network Company, has won a prestigious International Special Events Society (ISES) “ISES Esprit Award” in the category of Best Meeting/Conference Program with a budget over $250,000. “We are thrilled to be recognized by this eminent international…