Last month, AWE accompanied four Alberta-based, women-led businesses to the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Las Vegas. They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but I am too proud of our delegates and what they accomplished not to share!
The BWIT trade mission to Las Vegas offered the chance for women business owners from across Canada, including our Alberta delegation, to explore the opportunities of expanding their businesses into the international supply chains with supplier diversity programs.
To prepare for the conference, we helped our delegates prepare a strong, impactful business pitch and capability statement to connect effectively into this network. On the ground, they had the opportunity to get to know Fortune 500 companies, other Canadian businesses, as well as businesses from China, India, Mexico, and the UK.
Our delegates made the most of this opportunity and initiated new business relationships or learned quickly that their targeted connection was in fact not the right fit for their business and they could pivot their focus elsewhere. Some of the best connections were made through informal conversations with new contacts and resulted in the potential for both sides to expand their business through strategic collaboration.
I was so impressed with this group of business owners who had really done their homework and were laser focused on identifying the right opportunities for them to grow their business. We will continue to work with each of these women to conduct follow up with their targets. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish!
If you’re interested in exploring a new market opportunity in a supported and organized environment, join us on our next Trade Mission, Go for the Greens, in September in Florida.
Happy sunny summer everyone!