New NFP launches to help women-led SMEs win contracts

Women_SMEsWEConnect International, a corporate-led not for profit organisation empowering women-owned businesses to win contracts in global markets, has been launched in Australia in the hope of creating new economic opportunities for SMEs.


WEConnect International, a corporate-led not for profit organisation empowering women-owned businesses to win contracts in global markets, has been launched in Australia in the hope of creating new economic opportunities for SMEs.

Formed in the US in 2009, WEConnect International aims to provide women business owners with the resources and networks required to successfully compete on an international basis. To date the organisation has collaborated with public and private sector partners in such diverse markets as Canada, UK, China, India and Peru.

Through WEConnect International’s professional network, registered women-owned businesses can connect with the organisation’s corporate members who are committed to broadening their supply chains with smaller but innovative vendors. These include such big names as Dell, Coca Cola, IBM, Accenture, and Westpac – which is the first local company to come on board with the NFP.Women_SMEsLG

“Less than one per cent of major corporate contract spending worldwide is currently awarded to women-run businesses, so just getting a foot in the door to the bidding process can be daunting,” Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and co-founder of WEConnect International, says. “With forward-thinking corporate members such as the Westpac Group – regional sponsor of WEConnect Australasia – leading the way, we’re opening the doors for female entrepreneurs to make a difference in the way they do business.”

For more info visit www.weconnectinternational.org.

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