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Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification

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Women Wednesdays Entrepreneur Series — not just for women — a series open to ALL entrepreneurs in the KC area.

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Women Wednesdays Entrepreneur Series — it's not just for women...this NEW series is open to ALL entrepreneurs in the Kansas City metro area interested in attending. No matter what stage your business is in — whether a start up or an existing small business — WBC can help! Kansas City Area Businesses Grow Here.

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Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification

Are you looking for ways to grow and expand your business? If you want to do business with corporations or government entities, being a certified woman-owned, minority, veteran, and LGBT business enterprise can bring visibility to your company and help you accomplish your goals! The lack of certification could mean you are missing out on opportunities.

  • DATE: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
  • TIME: 10 to 11:30AM
  • COST: FREE

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WBC will email the Webinar LINK information to ALL registered attendees prior to the start of the event.

WEBINAR OVERVIEW

Are you looking for ways to grow and expand your business? If you want to do business with corporations or government entities, being a certified woman-owned, minority, veteran, and LGBT business enterprise can bring visibility to your company and help you accomplish your goals! The lack of certification could mean you are missing out on opportunities.

During this webinar attendees will learn:

  • What is Diverse Business Certification?
  • The Power of Diverse Certification and how it can impact your business
  • Is Certification Right for You?
  • The Requirements of Certification
  • The Benefits of Certification
  • Learn about the different certifications and certifying agencies
  • I have my Certification, now what?
  • Capability Statements are key to building relationship with decision-makers

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Mary Shannon, Founder and Consultant of Connectus Worldwide

Mary Shannon is the founder of Connectus Worldwide, a professional business consulting firm specializing in the delivery of services to Minority, Woman-owned, Veteran, and LGBTQ Business Enterprises, as well as majority organizations seeking to connect and do business with diverse businesses. She is passionate about her work and possesses decades of experience and knowledge that blends corporate strategy and business solutions with entrepreneurial spirit and personalized service.

The services she provides include pre-application for certification, coaching and development, and access to corporate and government contacts for diverse businesses to succeed and accomplish their goals and objectives. Connectus Worldwide offers Supplier Diversity Program development, and Public Participation & Engagement Consulting for corporate and public organizations wanting to become more intertwined in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Prior to starting Connectus Worldwide, Mary managed a supplier diversity program for a Multi-Billion Dollar company for several years. She developed a proactive program for supplier identification, supplier growth and development, strategic planning, and program measurement, which resulted in increased and effective utilization of diverse suppliers throughout the corporation. In her role, Mary collaborated with internal executives, business partners, and stakeholders, as well as external colleagues across the country for the betterment of her program.

Mary served two consecutive terms as co-chair of the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC) “The Working Group.” The group is comprised of 25 product and consumer companies such as: ADM, Cargill, Colgate-Palmolive, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, MillerCoors, Medtronic, Monsanto, Pfizer, and P&G.

Mary is on the Leadership Council for the National Small Business Association in Washington D.C., the Certification Committee and Advisory Board for the Kansas City Women’s Business Development Center, Prospect Business Association Board, and the Board for the International Association of Women, KC Chapter. She is a graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Globe Program (Global Leadership Opportunities for Business Executives). She is a Black Achiever in Business and Industry, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater KC and the Black Achievers Society. She is honored to have a published piece on Supplier Diversity and Certification, in the 2018/2019 Thinking Bigger Business Media Entrepreneurs Guide.

Education: Ms. Shannon holds a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University. She lives, plays, works, and worships in the greater Kansas City, Missouri area.


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