As the Champions for Women-Owned Businesses Worldwide, Astra Women's Business Alliance knows what it takes to help your enterprise "Show Up. Grow. Win."
For the 2013 season, we've assembled a heavy-hitting lineup, including a variety of baseball game networking get-togethers, as well as education, matchmaking, and awards recognition opportunities — plus a major event at Microsoft in Bellevue & Redmond, Washington, October 15-16, 2013.
Each of these events is sure to be a Game Changer for your business — and could even make 2013 one for the record books when it comes to your bottom line. So make certain to keep your eye on the schedule and reserve your tickets early!
Redmond Marriott — 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Join us for opportunities to meet major corporations and successful women business owners from around the country through interactive sessions of Best Practices for Growth Strategy, Preparing for the Sales Call, keynote presentation from global leader in innovation through disruption and matchmaking roundtables: Astra's Inaugural Industry Group Meetings for Construction and Manufacturing.
If you are part of these two industries, then SHOW UP in Redmond Washington and be a GAME CHANGER. Learn from the Leaders how they GROW and WIN.
Construction Industry Group • Led by Jean Bjork, Bjork Construction
Manufacturing Industry Group • Led by Pamela Kan, Bishop Wisecarver
WBENC WBEs, in construction or manufacturing who want to partner with WBENC WBEs or plan to become certified by WBENC in the near future & want to meet with like-minded individuals in both the private and public sectors to gain access to new connections and contracting opportunities.
October 15th: If your business is providing services or products in either the manufacturing or construction industries, you will want to register early for two separate workshops dedicated to corporations, agencies and WBEs who want to do business together from those two unique sectors. There will be limited seating available. Format is panel discussions and informal networking for each arena of construction and manufacturing.
Astra Women in Construction • 1:30pm - 4:00pm • Only firms engaged in this industry will be admitted • Limited seats available • Redmond Marriott Hotel • Redmond, Washington
Astra Women in Manufacturing • 1:30pm - 4:00pm • Only firms engaged in this industry will be admitted • Limited seats available • Redmond Marriott Hotel • Redmond, Washington
Reception follows the industry workshops • 5:30pm - 8:00pm • Redmond Marriott • Redmond, Washington
Spaces are strictly limited at this inaugural event and pre-registration is required by October 1st, 2013. No refunds after October 1st, 2013. Let us help you by registering early and letting others know you support this event. Your registration gives you complete access to all events on October 15th and 16th including the October 15th Reception at the Redmond Marriott (sponsored by WBENC WBE, ICON Consultants). October 16th events are held on campus at Microsoft and include morning workshops, luncheon and afternoon roundtable matchmaker discussions. By registering by October 1st, 2013 you will receive up to three, 30-minute matchmaker roundtable discussion invitations based on the sourcing requests we receive from attendees. Matchmaker assignments will be emailed after October 8th, 2013.
Price per person: $300
WBEs (or WBEs interested in becoming certified by WBENC), Corporate & Agency Representatives & Prime Contractors want to partner with WBENC WBEs & want to meet with like-minded individuals in both the private and public sectors to gain access to new connections and contracting opportunities.
October 16th: Microsoft Campus • Advanta Building • Bellevue, Washington • Sponsored by Microsoft
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Preparing for the Sales Call — Pamela O’Rourke • ICON Information Consultants and Fernando Hernandez, Microsoft Corporation
Best Practices Roundtables Facilitated discussions on growth strategies, business succession, access to markets.
"Gaining Access to New Markets: Global & Government" What WBEs need to know to GROW & WIN. Learn from our experts about opportunities in the public and private sectors.
Keynote Presentation: Linda Bernardi • CEO, Technologist • Author — “Provoke: The Necessity of Culture of Disruption in Order to innovate”
Done Deals Awards Presentations
October 16th: Create and expand your networks and contacts leading to contracts. The best practice of success is showing up consistently and building relationships. You will never know the opportunities presented at each stage of these events unless you SHOW UP. See you in October!
Spaces are strictly limited at this event and pre-registration is required by October 1st, 2013. No refunds after October 1st, 2013. Let us help you by registering early and letting others know you support this event. Your registration gives you access to the October 15th Reception at the Redmond Marriott (sponsored by WBENC WBE, ICON Consultants) and all October 16th events held on campus at Microsoft, including morning workshops, luncheon and afternoon roundtable matchmaker discussions. By registering by October 1st, 2013 you will receive up to three, 30 minute matchmaker roundtable discussion invitations based on the sourcing requests we receive from attendees. Matchmaker assignments will be emailed after October 8th, 2013.
Price per person: $250
Fortune 500 companies, women-owned businesses and federal agencies came together to explore opportunities to do business, network and support women-owned businesses.
Astra Women’s Business Alliance, a regional partner of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), organized and hosted a “Game Changers, Champions for Women-Owned Businesses Worldwide,” event that brought together Fortune 500 companies, women-owned businesses and federal agencies. The Workshops Awards & Matchmaker event provided an opportunity for those involved to do business, which can lead to economic development and job creation, which can then also span the world with its impact.
Three Astra women business owners won WBE Growth Awards for increasing their revenues during the past two years. Imelda Alejandrino, of AP42 won for businesses with growth under $1 million dollars; Laura Bergerson of Channel Impact won for growth up to $6 million and Olsa Martini of Olsa Resources, Inc. won for representing businesses over $6 million dollars in total revenues. The businesses were nominated by other individuals and were selected through a committee process.
Timothy Evans, Supplier Diversity Manager of Comcast was recognized as Corporate Advocate of the Year. Done Deals Awards were given to the following companies who have created at least three contracts with Astra women business owners in the last calendar year: Brocade, Robert Half International, Comcast and Effective Training Associates.
Astra also held a workshop entitled "Capturing Pooled Power of Women" which addressed the importance of women buying goods and services from each other and forming strategic alliances to position themselves for larger contracts in order to impact families and the communities. Mary Ann Campbell, Money Magic, Inc, former National Women's Business Council, appointed by President Clinton; Billie Bryant Schultz, Cesco, Inc. founding board member of WBENC and Barbara Kasoff, co-founder of Women Impacting Public Policy were panelists. The workshop was moderated by Diane McClelland, co-founder of Astra Women's Business Alliance and co-founder of Foundation for Women Owned Businesses. These women have been actively supporting the growth for business opportunities for women business owners for over 125 years combined.
Sponsors for the event were Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, TransPak, Inc, Private Eyes, Inc. Olsa Resources, Inc.TMG, Union Bank, Hunter Hawk, Inc. and Primitive Logic.
Become a sponsor today! Call 971-204-0220 ext. 6. Downloand sponsorship form.