2018 Women's Business Center Leadership Conference

It's time to register for the 2018 Women's Business Centers Leadership Conference presented by the Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC) in collaboration with the Women’s Business Center at the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women; with training and presentations from U.S. Small Business Administration.

The conference will:

  • Have an enhanced focus on leadership, capacity building and sustainability for WBCs
  • Expand your network of key advisors and mentors
  • Help with sharing best practices and lessons learned
  • Increase your toolbox of resources to assist your clients
  • Provide pre-conference training for NEW WBCs and NEW WBC staff on Monday September 24th. This session is recommended for staff on board for less than two years.
  • Give a comprehensive overview of our advocacy results from the past year

This year’s conference structure will include:

    Opportunities for pre-conference sessions which will provide you with the tools and resources needed in each center to grow your revenue and your clients at the same time. (See optional afternoon sessions below)

On Monday, September 24th, there will be optional afternoon sessions:

  • Training Techniques for Adult Learners
    Cost: $50 per attendee Click HERE for more details
  • The League of Extraordinary Women: Building a Network of Individual Donors
    Cost: $50 per attendee Click HERE for more details
  • How to be a Better Counselor
    Cost: $50 per attendee Click HERE for more details
  • Business Model Canvas
    Cost: $50 per attendee Click HERE for more details
  • ***Please note that if you are planning to attend the AWBC Impact Capacity Building Project Session with Marian Doub, do not register for these optional courses. The sessions are all provided at the same time on Monday, September 24th.

Women's Business Centers Leadership Conference Schedule

Monday, September 24, 2018

  • New WBC & New WBC Staff Training 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Training Techniques for Adult Learners (optional) 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • How to be a Better Counselor (optional) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Business Model Canvas (optional) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • AWBC Impact Capacity Building Project Session (for grantees only) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

  • Conference Officially Begins 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Welcome Reception, Yacht StarShip 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

  • Conference 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • WOB Marketplace 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 27, 2018

  • Conference 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration for Conference

All attendees must be registered. Please click the link below and confirm your spot at the conference! There is a conference fee to cover the cost of meals, materials, speakers and facilities. The fee is discounted for current AWBC members. If you need an invoice, please send a request to Heather Bingham admin@awbc.org.

  • The early bird rate for current AWBC members is $495 per person.
  • The rate for non-AWBC members, including SBA attendees, is $550 per person.
Attendance by two of your WBC staff can be charged to the SBA WBC grant. One of the attendees should be the WBC Director. There is no limit to the number of attendees per WBC, however please note that only two may attend using grant funds. OWBO no longer requires that your finance staff attend this annual conference.

AWBC Member Registration

Hotel Location Information

The Westin Tampa Waterside
725 South Harbour Island Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
20 Minutes from Tampa International Airport

Secure your rooms today at the Special Conference Rate of $159 a night. The cut-off date for reservations is August 21, 2018.

Click here to book your room at the Westin Tampa Waterside

2018 Conference FAQs

Click here for answers to some frequently asked questions!

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