The GWBC WBE VOICE Forum
The GWBC WBE Voice Forum’s mission is to promote, translate, and advocate the needs, issues, and benefits of the certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). Our goal is to facilitate business opportunities and education for all qualified certified participants of the Greater Women’s Business Council.
The VOICE Forum Chair- Supports the Board of Director’ Access Committee Chair and serves as a liaison between the ACCESS Committee Chair and the State Voice Chairs.
STATE WBE VOICE CHAIRS- North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia State WEB Forum Chairs serve as ambassadors of GWBC and WBEs in each state (two-year position). State Chairs are responsible for establishing the vision, goals and strategy to promote and advocate for WBEs in each state. The responsibility of the Voice Forum Chairs is to set the overall direction and execution of the program, working with the lead Chair, Executive Director and Program Manager to ensure program consistency and fit within the Strategic and Annual Plan.
Primary Goals: Create platforms for WBEs to communicate ideas; tools and resources needed to positively impact the growth and development of their businesses. To ensure that GWBC programs are being developed to grow WBEs and build relationships with key targets such as government and corporate entities.
- Assess the current needs of WBEs.
- Offer programs that add value to potential and certified WBEs.
- Build engagement and retention of WBEs.
- Gain recognition for WBENC and GWBC within state corporations, government agencies and small businesses.
- Instill collaboration and business opportunities among WBEs; build WBE to WBE success stories to disseminate.
The Women’s Enterprise Forum (The Forum) serves in an advisory capacity to the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Board of Directors. The Forum gives input and feedback on WBENC programs and other matters at the direction of the Board. Participation in The Forum offers opportunities for WBENC certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) to represent the voice of all women’s business enterprises and engage in networking and development activities with other WBEs and member corporations and government entities. The Forum Leadership Team (FLT) and Forum Committee Representatives (FCR) are appointed by their certifying Regional Partner Organization. The Forum has an elected Chair and two Vice Chairs who serve on the WBENC Board of Directors. Seven additional WBEs from the Forum also serve on the WBENC Board of Directors.