The vision of GWBC is to be the premier organization for women businesses, major corporations and government entities. We are proud of their commitment to volunteer, mentor, and partner to build a community of sustainable women businesses.
We bring our mission to life through our programs and signature events that are the cornerstone of GWBC, but our people truly make it happen. We deeply appreciate the belief our HEROs and SHEROs have in our mission, and their commitment to our success.
Each constituent adds to the diverse culture of GWBC. From ethnicity, products, services, backgrounds, business models and talents. There is a unique since of community and a sincere desire to share and inspire one another to grow. This is woven throughout the tapestry of the organization.
If you have a compelling story, success or experience to share, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
GWBC Spotlight: The Chinese Southern Belle makes it to the AJC!
Congratulations goes to WBE Natalie Keng and her mom Margaret Keng for making it into the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The article states “Natalie Keng founded Chinese Southern Belle in 2010. But, the food and culture venture never would have come to fruition were it not for her mother, Margaret Keng. “She has been the inspiration, the model,” Natalie said of her mother.
It was Margaret Keng who taught cooking classes back in the 1980s, and it was Margaret who continued to stay involved in community and cultural events in the years since. These days, Margaret shares culinary space with her daughter, like when the mother-daughter duo teaches cooking classes. (They will teach a class on making Chinese dumplings and pot stickers June 9 at Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Register at chinesesouthernbelle.com.) They also give tours of international markets and grocery stores, operate the Chinese Southern Belle stand at farmers markets and festivals, and cook and bottle their line of prepared sauces.”
Congrats again Natalie and Margaret!
Chinese Southern Belle (CSB) is a multi-faceted business that uses food to connect people and culture– to build healthy, sustainable communities, support diversity, and strong local economies. Their offerings include an award-winning line of family-recipe cooking sauces, hands-on cooking classes; Asian market tours; custom food and cultural events & blog; multicultural consulting; and health & wellness demos.
GWBC Spotlight: Debbie King of Evolution Management, Inc., explains “GWBC HELPS US BE SUPER!”
“EMI has seen many wins come from our GWBC engagements. First and foremost, are the relationships we’ve been able to make as we explore partnerships, and get to know colleagues with whom we can brainstorm and discuss challenges. Second, we’ve had doors opened for us as a result of being certified by such a credible organization. For example, over the years, EMI attended several GWBC events hosted by Delta, Georgia Power and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Through those events, which also offered an opportunity to build a relationship with Supplier Diversity Program Managers, we positioned our firm to qualify for procurement and were recently awarded a multi-year contract to support training needs for a large Atlanta-based organization. You know it’s a sweet feeling when all your efforts are finally noticed, and you’re given a chance to show what you can do”.
With over two decades of experience, Evolution Management, Inc. is a trusted partner to federal, private and academic clients focused on developing more efficient and effective organizations. We assist organizations to address and leverage changes associated with business needs, societal expectations, and technology advancements. We focus our consulting engagements in the areas of Organizational Effectiveness, Human Resources Management, Leadership and Staff Development, and Training (including eLearning). Visit our website at www.evolutionmgt.com.
UPS’s Estrella Cramer Named to 25 Most Influential Asian Americans list
Our congratulations go out to Estrella Cramer, Corporate Supplier Diversity Director at UPS, on her recent recognition as one of 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia 2017, as chosen by Georgia Asian Times magazine.
The list recognizes individuals for their dedication and effort to make a difference in the community and is made possible by the editorial staff at Georgia Asian Times and a selection committee comprised of community, civic and media representatives.
We are proud of you Estrella… keep up the great work!
Softpath System Recognized as one of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Businesses
The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), in partnership with American Express, has named Softpath System to its 10 th annual ranking of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies.
Softpath System, led by Sushumna Roy Jalajam, earned the 36th spot on the list that
spans a range of industries including technology, retail and consulting. It’s an impressive list, and honor, with the 50 represented companies generating a combined $7.2 billion in 2016 revenues and collectively employing 46,000 people in 2016.
Please join us in hearty congratulations to Sushumna!
INNOLECT, INC. HONORS PACKAGING GIANT SONOCO AS ITS FIRST SUSTAINABLE LEGACIES AWARD RECIPIENT
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.
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GWBC 2016 Business Star, Jennifer Maier, WDS
Jennifer Maier, CEO and President of WDS Inc., is the sole Charlotte-area business owner to be named as a 2016 Women Business Enterprise Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
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Yelani Making National News Articles
Certified WBE, Yetunde Jude and her Yelani brand of hair care products for naturally curly and kinky hair has made national news circuits. Congratulations Yetunde and keep up the hard work!
Congratulations Gail Moore, CEO, Custom Plastics and More!
Custom Plastics and More humbly received the “Team Operational Excellence Award” at the 2015 Georgia Manufacturing Summit held by the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance at the Georgia International Convention Center on November 18th, 2015. The Summit included keynote speakers Phil Horlock, President/CEO of Blue Bird Corp and Randy Jackson, SVP, KIA Motors Manufacturing. Join us in applauding her success!
Spencer Pest Services Brings Christmas to Rally Kids
December 22, 2015 – “Today was an amazing day!” said Sheri Spencer, Owner of Spencer Pest Services and the company’s efforts to bring Christmas to 10 families this year is nothing short of Amazing! #RallyOn
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NOW Corp CEO Lara Hodgson Named to 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year
ATLANTA, December 16, 2015 – Enterprising Women magazine has named Lara Hodgson, president and CEO of NOW Corp, among its 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year. The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Click here to read more.
2015 Legacy Recipients
“Whenever you Ssee a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” –Peter F. Drucker
Thank you for staying true to your commitment and support of the Greater Women’s Business Council.
Happy 15 Year Anniversary
AT&T, Bank of America, Baumgartens, Benefits Law Group, P.K. Kessler, P.C., CCCi, Corporate Environments of Georgia, Inc., Corrosion Control Incorporated, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Power, A Southern Company, MKC Enterprises, Ritch Electric Company, Inc., Telephone Tools of Georgia, UPS
Happy 10 Year Anniversary
1Source International, LLC, a|i|m Marketing Solutions, AC & DC Power Technologies, Aflac, Alternative Logistics, LLC, C & S Paving, Inc., C&R Enterprises, Inc., Capital Ideas, Inc., CATMEDIA, Corporate Reports, Inc., CrossLink Communications, LLC, Data Integration, Inc., DeNyse Companies Inc., eBryIT, Inc., Fire & Flavor Grilling Co, Fuse Graphics, GMI Group, Inc., GSB Architects, Inc., Holbrook Waterproofing Company of Georgia, Homrich, Klein & Associates, Jansen Advertising Inc., Kinetix, LLC, Mark III Properties, LLC, McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc., Nance Carpet & Rug Co. Inc., National Beverage Screen Printers, Inc., PeopleSourcer, Inc., Profitmaster Displays, Rutherford & Christie LLP
Scott Logistics Corp., SeeGee Technologies, Inc., South Georgia Produce, Inc., Stallings Industries Inc., Telecom Services Group, LLC, TelExpress, Inc., The Wellspring Group, Inc., TurnerBoone, Tytek Inc., Vidalia Brands, Inc., Wells Fargo
Wendy Fletcher-Hardee, President, Atlantic Coast Trucking, Inc
I had no idea that a four hour drive would be so life changing for myself and my business! Meeting with like minded women, who wanted nothing, but to come along beside me, to collaborate with me, to help me strive even higher, has been the most amazing experience! Countless hours given freely and joy experienced in seeing you succeed, how could you not want to be a part of GWBC? From WBENC National Conference in Austin to POP Marketplace in Atlanta, obtaining opportunities simply by engaging corporate partners who are willing to give you that perfect pitch chance, to blindly sitting down at breakfast with one of the largest corporate partners we have! Thank you, Michael Harris and Continental Tire for giving of your time and willingness to provide guidance to show us ways to capitalize on our company’s diversity.
You have to show up to go up! Engage every conversation as your perfect marketing tool, and use all your resources and attend everything that is offered. If you value your business and success, challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and show passion, let your light shine!
A Successful Partnership with Tytek!
by Debora Mackins, Supplier Diversity and Development, Georgia Power
Jacki Tyler, President of Tytek, Inc, company was first awarded a contract by Georgia Power Company’s Transmission Business Unit in 2012. Deborah Mackins, Georgia Power Company, Supplier Diversity Consultant stated “Transmission increased its 2015 spend with Tytek, Inc by 282 percent compared to its spend with Tytek, Inc in 2014.” Tytek, Inc expressed a desire to expand their services into other areas of the Transmission Business Unit. As a result of Tytek, Inc’s outstanding service, Transmission recently awarded several new contracts to this company.
“Jacki and her team have displayed a commitment to providing first class service safely. Their employees take great pride in their work. In summary, Tytek, Inc has demonstrated that Georgia Power Company is a valued customer. Likewise, we value our partnership with Jacki Tyler and Tytek, Inc.” Mackins added.
GMI Group Wins Top Asian American Business Award!
October 2015 – Kayla Dang, CEO, was honored at the USPAAC-SE 2015 Annual Summit held at the UPS Headquarters as the TOP Asian American Business. Join us in congratulating Kayla and her staff!
Jennifer Maier, WDS, Inc. & Denise Legg, MegaCorp Logistics have been been listed on “The Impact 50” list in Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing women owned companies! In honor of their remarkable accomplishment, they will both be recognized in the upcoming October issue of Inc. magazine.
Congratulations Jennifer Maier and Denise Legg and your amazing staff!
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Jennifer Maier, WDS, Inc. has been selected as one of the 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times.
She will be recognized on May 29, 2015 at The Mecklenburg Times seventh annual 50 Most Influential Women awards. To Register click the link below. Read More
Melissa Gladden, President, Carolina Recruitment has been selected as the S.C. Small Business Person of the Year.
Last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration named Melissa, South Carolina’s Small Business Person of the Year after coming is an runner-up last year. Read More
Georgia Manufacturing Alliance event held at the Capital on Wednesday, March 4th.
The “BUY FROM GEORGIA” Proclamation and the Georgia Manufacturing Day at the State Capital was a HUGE success! Governor Nathan Deal presented the proclamation to a group of more than 70 manufacturing and business leaders from around Georgia. GMA has evolved over the past seven years from a small networking group oof machine soap owners to a statewide association which now includes manufacturing and support companies of all sizes. The reason GMA exists is to support, promote, and grow Georgia manufacturing. We create profitable business connections for our members through direct referrals and the events we provide.
Shani Godwin, President, Communiqué USA featured on Essence.com in an article offering advice to up and coming women entrepreneurs.
“It was fun for us to contribute to this article and, as always, we really enjoyed sharing tips with up and coming women owned businesses.” Read More
Dydra H. Virgil, Principal, V&L Research and Consulting, Inc.is keeping the topic of Supplier Diversity top of mind through well thought and written articles. The Power of Supplier Diversity points out the examines the benefits and performance of diversity in the workplace. Read More
Jennifer Maier, President & CEO, WDS is honored by Enterprising Women Magazine as one of the coveted winners of its Enterprising Women of the Year Awards. The 2015 Prestigious Awards Program pays tribute to top women entrepreneurs from North America and around the globe. Read More
Leah Brown, CEO of A10Clinical Solutions, Inc. is the second GWBC® WBE to grace the cover of MBE Magazine.
Read Leah’s Story in the January/February 2014 MBE Magazine issue! Trials and Tribulations By Ryan Hamilton Leah Brown has carved out a niche for herself in the pharmaceutical industry. READ MORE
Jennifer Maier, CEO of Women’s Distribution Services (WDS), was among approximately 40 small businesses invited to the White House Business Council briefing. The aim of the forum was for business leaders to provide innovative ideas for small businesses regarding the Affordable Care Act.
Jennifer was featured in an article in the Charlotte Observer. READ MORE
MBE Magazine has featured LaSonya Berry, CEO of McPherson|Berry in their May/June issue for her gift of leadership. McPherson|Berry is a premier talent management firm that offers effective solutions in the realm of Human Resources, strategy and consulting that is noted for increasing engagement and improving performance. Full article can be found on Page 7. READ MORE