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Representing Safety at the Summit & Salute

Julie Copeland

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 Arbill had the privilege of attending and presenting at the 2014 Summit & Salute 2014 Summit & Salute Awards presentation on March 20, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.Conference in New Orleans, LA last week. The conference was an exceptional networking opportunity for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) with corporations, government entities and other WBEs.

Those who attended the event discovered best practice panels on key challenges facing WBEs and corporations with exciting guest speakers. We enjoyed roundtable discussions between WBEs and corporations on opportunities for growth.

As a presenter, I had the honor of recognizing Top Corporations that lead the nation in expanding opportunities for WBEs, and the Business Stars that exemplify the use of strategic vision, business acumen, and talent in meeting customers' needs.

The Summit & Salute gives organizations like Arbill an opportunity to connect with and support other women-owned organizations. We're proud to share that Arbill seeks out women-owned and minority-owned businesses as part of our business practice.

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.

WBENC's Mission
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is dedicated to advancing the success of Corporate Members, certified women's business enterprises (WBEs), and government entities in partnership with its Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs).

Who Does WBENC Serve?
Major corporations that pay membership fees and have an active Supplier Diversity program or will have one, within 12 months of membership, are classified as Corporate Members. Corporate Members must also demonstrate a commitment to actively conduct business with WBENC-certified WBEs.

Women-owned business entities that apply for and are granted WBENC certification, and have paid all relevant fees are classified as WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC-Certified WBEs are not classified as members of WBENC, but are classified as Beneficiaries. The collective interests of WBENC-Certified WBEs are represented by the Women's Enterprise Leadership Forum composed of a group of WBEs appointed to the Forum by their certifying Regional Partner Organization or a Corporate Member with which they do business.

A select group of government entities also share Member status as they meet the same criteria as Corporate Members.  WBENC and its RPOs are working to increase acceptance of WBENC certification by federal, state, and local government entities throughout the country.

In compliance with a designation agreement with WBENC, 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) administer WBENC certification and recertification standards to women-owned businesses throughout the U.S.

Arbill supports the great work of WBENC and we look forward to being the Co-chair of the annual conference this year in Philadelphia, PA on June 23-25.

In the meantime, if your organization wants to build a Culture of Safety and learn more about developing an effective training program for your facility, call 800.523.5367 or click on this link to speak with a safety specialist at Arbill.

Have a Safe Day!

Topics: Arbill, culture of safety, WBENC, Summit & Salute

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