Congratulations! Jennifer Maier, WDS
2016 GWBC® WBENC Business Star of the Year!
“For me, this quote says it all. I have been fortunate to have access to smart and dedicated women, all of whom have been generous with their time and knowledge. This has made me a better student and mentor.”
Jennifer Maier, CEO and President of WDS Inc., was named as a 2016 Women Business Enterprise Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Maier qualified for this recognition through her business certification with the Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC), and was selected due to WDS’ superior leadership as a warehousing and distribution company with 22 localized service hubs to serve customers in the food processing, medical, and technology industries throughout the United States and Canada.
“As the leader in certifications for women business owners in Georgia and the Carolinas, we are so proud of Jennifer Maier and WDS for achieving this great honor,” said Roz Lewis, president and CEO of GWBC. “WDS is most deserving and their success clearly underscores how women businesses drive innovation and fuel economic growth.”
Maier was recognized for her business accomplishments, her inspiration to other women and her leadership and vision as CEO of WDS. She received her honors during WBEBC’s 2016 Summit & Salute conference held in Phoenix, AZ. Sponsored by Accenture, EY and Ampcus, the three-day event provides vital access to the thought leaders, business intelligence, and senior-level networking opportunities creating the foundation for sustainable growth.
“I am proud to receive this recognition and appreciate the opportunity to serve as an advocate for other women in business,” said Maier. “WBENC and GWBC have been great assets as we grow, and have helped fuel accomplishments I only dreamed of when starting WDS.”
Sustainable Legacies Program Helps Develop Corporate and Nonprofit Leadership Capacity through Volunteerism
CHARLOTTE, NC (February 2016) – Innolect, a woman-owned executive and organization development company, honors Sonoco with its first Sustainable Legacies Award for their philanthropic, volunteer and social responsibility contributions in education, health and wellness, arts and culture and the environment. The award includes a donation to a nonprofit of choice by the winner, of which Sonoco selected the United Way.“We couldn’t have chosen a better company to be the inaugural recipient of our Sustainable Legacies Award,” said Kittie Watson, president and founder of Innolect. “This award not only underscores Sonoco’s world-class giving initiatives, but their keen focus on funneling their support to very local communities across the U.S., not just the big causes.”
Welcome to Episode Two of the LION’s Den: Conversations around a 21st Century approach to management and talent. In the second episode, we discuss the training of millennial employees: and why that’s an essential part of working with millennial employees.
Listen to GWBC WBE, Jordan Lofton, Golden Source Consultants, explain the answer to this very popular question.
Welcome to Episode One of the LION’s Den: Conversations around a 21st Century approach to management and talent. In the first episode, we ask the important question: Is there a millennial crisis in the workforce? And if so, what is it, and what do we do about it?
By Erica Bracey, Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center at Georgia State University
Business owners wear lots of hats and typically find themselves spending more time working IN the business than they do working ON the business. Small business owners are often incredibly proud to report, “I am a responsible business owner and file my taxes on time every year!” However, when asked about book keeping practices and the corresponding financial statements, more often than not, that cheerful smile quickly dissolves into the proverbial ‘deer in headlights’ blank stare.
The IRS has done a great job communicating the need to report revenue and “file taxes” on an annual basis. Unfortunately, the same messaging does not exist to motivate entrepreneurs to manage business records regularly and accurately. What some small business owners fail to realize is that engaging a tax accountant to prepare an annual tax return is NOT a viable substitute for bookkeeping and maintaining good records. While business revenue and expenses are reported on the tax return, it only provides an annual snapshot of the business performance. Using reliable bookkeeping and corresponding financial reports throughout the year provides a business owner with the information and data needed to track performance, identify trends and ultimately manage the business. Taxes aren’t more important than bookkeeping or vice-versa. The bottom line is that you need BOTH!
Five solid reasons business owners need bookkeeping during the year.
1) Monthly statements provide timely business information
2) Profits need to be managed MONTHLY not annually
3) Monitoring Cash Flow is critical to business success
4) Benchmarking – in both business and life the saying is true, “You can’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you’ve been.”
5) Being “Bankable” – Current financial statements are the first items requested with the loan application and set the tone for the entire loan process.
This Month in the WBENC President’s Report
In this issue, Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC President and CEO, not only welcomes new leaders to the WBENC Board, but also announces the launch of the WBENC blog.
Turning Your Socializing into Profitable Relationships
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Across the globe Women Owned businesses supply an incredible range of products sold in retail stores everywhere. Women Owned is an initiative to enable consumers to identify those products created by Women Owned businesses during their shopping experience. Any product that bears the Women Owned logo is produced by a company that is owned and operated by a woman or women, as certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in the United States and WEConnect International globally.
The logo launched in June 2014 and has steadily gained recognition. Look for the logo in a variety of retail stores across the nation.
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