10/12/2012 WCOE Member wins award

WCOE Member Selina Kedziora
wins award

“The connections are fabulous” according to Selina when describing her experience as a recipient of the “Make Mine a Million $ Business” award. As one of 30 winners, Selina says she was put into a very intensive executive coaching program for 9 months. Selina was among 250 participants at an event where 72 entrepreneurs from around the country pitched their businesses. Only 30 were finally selected for the award and our Selina was one of those 30. In addition to hearing inspiring keynotes and participating in networking exercises, attendees also took part in business growth education sessions designed to build their capacities around finance, management, social media, leadership and more.

Selina is Founder & President of G. Adams Restoration & Development which provides construction services to federal, state and local municipalities in PA, NJ & DE. Selina provides masonry services, general contracting and construction management services for reconstruction of properties in both the public and private sectors. Well done, Selina. We are all very proud of you! You can send personal congratulations to Selina at [email protected].

This program sponsored by American Express OPEN was created in 2005 to help post-start up, WBEs grow to one million dollars in annual revenue. So far, 28% of the winners have surpassed the $1 million mark in annual revenues, versus the national average of 2.6%. The goal of the program is to elevate one million WBEs to over $1M in annual revenue generating a trillion dollars in revenues and creating 4 million jobs by 2020.


WCOE event in Kansas City ready for registration

WCOE members and prospective members are invited to attend a networking and informational breakfast in Kansas City on Friday, November 2nd. The WCOE Board of Directors will be spending the weekend at their strategic planning retreat and before they adjourn to plan the next 12–15 months for WCOE, they want to meet you and hear what's on your mind.

Recognizing that your time is very valuable, the Kansas City WCOE members have also planned some stellar speakers to share information with you. A broad cross-section of politicians will be on hand to share their pre-election forecasts, and we have also invited Kansas City based marketing guru, John Jantsch to give a few tips on his famous Duct Tape Marketing concepts – how to market your business on a shoestring. The breakfast begins at 8:00 am and will end shortly after 10:00 am. The meeting will be in Mark One Electric's spacious new meeting room at 909 Troost Avenue in KCMO.

You can register on our website or email [email protected].


Do you have a government contract success story?

If you do, then give Penny a call at 202.276.0646 or email [email protected]. American Express OPEN wants to interview women business owners who have received a contract under the new WOSB 8m program. There aren't many of you – so that's why we are reaching out through the newsletter. It's great publicity and it certainly gets you on the radar screen of the federal agencies because the publication is sent to nearly all procurement officers. Let me know – it's free publicity!

Are your membership dues due?

About half of WCOE's members expired on 9/30/12 and the grace period ends on 10/31/12. Check your mail because all dues renewal invoices were sent out over a month ago. We don't want to lose you as a member, and you don't want to lose your membership. If you need another invoice, just send a quick email to [email protected].


South Florida group plans second event

With increased WCOE membership in South Florida as well as significantly increased interest, WCOE has scheduled a second networking and informational event for November 5th. The guest speaker will be Lauren Smith who is an executive recruiter that focuses on finding qualified candidates for corporate board of directors positions. Lauren contacted WCOE a few months ago with a search she was conducting for an executive woman in the construction industry. We were happy to give her some names! She is going to share with the South Florida group how to position themselves for a future corporate board seat. There is no charge to attend because the meeting is being hosted by WCOE members Lisa Colon Heron and Elisabeth Kozlow. The meeting is being held at Lisa's offices of Smith, Currie & Hancock, 101 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 1910 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. You can register on our website or email [email protected].


DOD & AmExOPEN host federal contracting event

The Department of Defense has teamed up with American Express OPEN for a special WOSB Forum on October 24th in Alexandria, VA. The program is presented by DOD's Office of Small Business Programs. The event will cover: Overview of potential WOSB set-aside projects in DOD for 2013; Key agency procurement representatives; Update on current procurement policy and the WOSB 8m program; Opportunities to meet other WOSB and EDWOSB firms. The event is being held at the huge new DOD Mark Center at 4800 Mark Center drive in Alexandria, VA from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on October 24th. Register now and then mark your calendars – you do not want to miss this opportunity to meet with the folks who actually make the decisions within DOD. The cost is only $45 and you can register online.

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Construction Industry Coalition gets proactive on drug abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse within the workforce in general is growing exponentially and highlighted in a number of studies and reports. Screwing up a project in an office because a worker is high on drugs results in embarrassment and perhaps suspension. Screwing up on a project in a construction site because a worker is high on drugs is usually deadly. WCOE is a member of the construction industry coalition stepping out in front of the issue to educate our workers and our owners about how to combat this growing threat to the health and safety of our nation's workforce, particularly those where lack of focus can lead to tragic results.

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National Women's Business Council to meet at iconic raceway

NWBC is reaching out to WCOE to invite our members to their quarterly public meeting, this time being held at the Indianapolis Raceway. The date is next Friday, October 19th, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am (EDT) and will be in the Media Center, 4790 West 16th Street. The meeting is being hosted by Council member and former IndyCar and NASCAR drive, Sarah Fisher. Sarah is the fastest woman to ever qualify for the Indy 500 and the youngest woman to ever compete at the Speedway. She is certainly a WCOE-kind-of-woman, excelling in a non-traditional career! Event details are available on our website or you can email [email protected].

The NWBC is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress and the SBA on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

A unique opportunity to mix business with pleasure

The River City Casino and Lumiere Place Casino are inviting WCOE members to attend their MBE/WBE Vendor Fair on November 10th at the St. Louis Hotel Lumiere. While they may not be looking to build a new casino right away, keep in mind that hotel rooms are renovated every 5-7 years and large properties often do this with an on-going renovation program doing one floor or bank of rooms each year. There is no fee for the event and no doubt they will even give you a terrific rate on a room if you want to make a weekend out of it. The Vendor Fair begins at 9:00 am with a networking breakfast in House of Savoy, which incorporates some interesting guest speakers explaining how to business with the casinos, and at 10:00 am the vendor fair opens. The event ends at 1:00 pm giving you plenty of time to “hit the tables” and enjoy the rest of your weekend in the fantasy-land that casinos provide. Booths are available to all suppliers and vendors (that would be you) by simply emailing [email protected]. The buyers (your potential clients) will stream through the door and will be looking for capable WBEs for their projects. It's free and it's fun – and you might pick up a client or two.

WCOE signs alliance with NAWRB

For anyone that attended the Western Regional conference a few months ago in Los Angeles, you probably met Cade Holleman and Desirée Patno. Desirée is the National President of NAWRB and Cade is the Executive Director and both liked what they saw and the women they met at the conference. A discussion to collaborate came soon after. NAWRB is the National Association of Women REO Brokers and it is the most visible women's trade association specializing in the housing economy. We will be cross promoting events, news and supporting both associations' shared goal of increasing federal contracting opportunities for WBEs. You can connect with NAWRB by emailing [email protected].

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