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New Member Spotlight: WeConnect International

Wednesday 13th June 2012

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WeConnect InternationalWEConnect International, a corporate-led global non-profit, helps build sustainable communities and economic growth by empowering women business owners to succeed and thrive in global markets. WEConnect identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women.

Based in Washington, D.C., WEConnect has since 2009 provided certification, resources, mentoring and business connections to women’s business enterprises based outside of the United States. WEConnect teams with public- and private-sector partners to provide women entrepreneurs with the resources, platform and network needed to develop sustainable economic opportunities in new markets.

WEConnect is building a powerful network of women who want to grow their businesses and corporate members that want to open their doors to diverse vendors.

WEConnect International is involved in many new projects including the work with the US State Department’s Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) mentioned in the News Articles above. WEConnect is providing guidance and resources to women business owners in Mexico and will work closely with other multinational corporations who are interested in sourcing goods and service from these qualified female venders. “Corporate members are enthusiastic about our expansion into Mexico because our work helps them meet their diversity and inclusion goals by providing links to women-owned businesses,” says Elizabeth Vazquez, WEConnect International CEO and co-founder and serves on the GBA Governing Board of Directors. “Partnerships like this will ensure that women-owned businesses in Latin America will benefit from this growing demand.” In addition, WEConnect is also working with women business owners in Costa Rica, Chile and Peru to increase their economic productivity.

WEConnect International is constantly looking at unique ways to further assist women entrepreneurs grow their businesses.  In April they forged another partnership with Every Language a translation service in which Every Language will donate 3% of their translation services fees purchased by WEConnect International member organizations back to WEConnect to assist women-owned suppliers obtain certification. Besides the financial benefits that will go back to offer assistance there are other benefits from this partnership. To find out more about this program and its benefits click here.

The WEConnect corporate network represents over US$700 billion in annual purchasing power. Their mission to empower women Business owners to succeed in global markets and their vision for a world where women business owners have equal opportunity to sell their solutions and create prosperity is a perfect match for the GBA and we are pleased to have them join our organization. To find out more about our newest member go to:
http://www.weconnectinternational.org/