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Should you become certified as a
Women-Owned Business in Los Angeles?

Are you a women entrepreneur and ever wondered if it might be beneficial to become a certified women-owned business in Los Angeles?

In celebration of Women’s History Month

Please join the TOGETHER! Team for a FREE educational panel and luncheon with Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development at the Historic Bradley Tower at City Hall.

  • WHEN: Tue, March 29th, 11am – 2pm*
  • WHAT: FREE educational panel, Q&A and luncheon at the Historic Bradley Tower at City Hall Los Angeles
  • WHO: The TOGETHER! Team and Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development

    *RECOMMENDED TIME OF ARRIVAL: 10:15 – 10:45am

    It takes a bit of time to park and walk to the event location. We highly recommend you allow an extra 20 – 30 minutes for parking and walking up to City Hall, going through security and signing in at the registration table at the Bradley Tower, network and enjoy your lunch before the panel starts at 11.30am

The term WBE stands for Women’s Business Enterprise, and WBE Certification can be a powerful marketing tool for expanding your company’s visibility with corporate and government procurement decision-makers. Obtaining WBE Certification is an important business development strategy for women business owners for two primary reasons: First, most local and national government purchasing agencies track and/or have programs for doing business with women business owners. Having WBE Certification is the only way the purchasing agents have confidence that a business representing itself as woman-owned is, in fact, woman-owned and controlled. Second, many publicly-held corporations, as well as larger private corporations, also track and have programs for doing business with women-owned vendor companies. They, too, rely on WBE Certification.

If you answer yes to any of the questions below, this is an event you don’t want to miss!
#1: Do you aspire to contract with public agencies particularly the City of LA?
#2: How about doing business with large corporations?
#3: Does your business fit one of these classifications: Construction, Supplier, Professional Services?

AT THIS SPECIAL EVENT, YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT:
• The benefits of being a certified women-owned business in Los Angeles
• Is becoming a certified women-owned business right for you?
• What opportunities in the marketplace are available for women-owned businesses in LA?
• What certifications are available and how do you go about becoming a certified women-owned business in LA?
• Meet and greet City of Los Angeles representatives to assist you with education, information and proper guidance.

WHEN:
Tue, March 29th, 2016
11am – 2pm

**RECOMMENDED TIME OF ARRIVAL: 10:15 – 10:45am
It takes a bit of time to park and walk to the event location. We highly recommend you allow an extra 20 – 30 minutes for parking and walking up to City Hall, going through security and signing in at the registration table at the Bradley Tower, network and enjoy your lunch before the panel starts at 11.30am

WHERE:
Bradley Tower / City Hall
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

WHO IS THIS FOR:
• Women entrepreneurs who have never heard about “certification” for women owned businesses and want to learn what it is and why
• Existing businesses interested in learning about the benefits and process of certification
• Women entrepreneurs who want to learn if “certification” is right for them / their industry
• Women entrepreneurs who started the process but found it confusing, time-consuming, and   want additional support to complete their certification.

OPENING REMARKS:
• Nancy Perlman | Commissioner on the Status of Women, Los Angeles

PANEL SPEAKERS:
• Dr. Pamela Williamson | CEO
  WBEC-West – dedicated to helping you navigate the certification process
• Claire Berriman | Certification Analyst
  Office of Contract Compliance, Bureau of Contract Administration, City of Los Angeles
• Virginia Gomez | 
President & CEO
   Southern California, Minority Supplier Development Council

PANEL MODERATOR:
• Priscilla Chavez | Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
PCL Construction Services, Inc.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
• FREE event
• Light lunch provided
• Don’t miss the raffle for gift bags and a gift certificates sponsored by EFFI Foods, Inc.

HOW TO RSVP:
Space is limited and RSVP is mandatory. RSVP by Sunday, March 27th.

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THIS EVENT IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF: