WBEA holds executive networking luncheon in Sugar Land

Both in Sugar Land, Pat Houck of House of Blooms (left) and General Manager Deyanira Martinez of On Time BI (right), "network" with WBEA keynote speaker Donna Cole (center) at last week’s annual event at the Sugar Land Marriott. 

Both in Sugar Land, Pat Houck of House of Blooms (left) and General Manager Deyanira Martinez of On Time BI (right), “network” with WBEA keynote speaker Donna Cole (center) at last week’s annual event at the Sugar Land Marriott.

What started out with a mini trade show on July 10th last week at the Sugar Land Marriott followed up with an annual executive networking luncheon hosted by the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA).  It featured keynote speaker, Donna Cole, CEO and President of Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc., an industry leader with clients in 50 states and many foreign countries. 

The event about professional development opportunities for women owned businesses turned out an estimated 300 participants, including locals from Fort Bend. Of particular interest is the organization’s promotion and assistance with a certification process, which one WBEA member said “can help us to do business with big leaguers.”  These professionals shared experiences and the knowledge gained from different aspects of contracts and procurements, the sort of thing that is referred to as the secrets from the inside.  Innovative solutions to problems, a company’s local, regional and global economic footprint, and a safety culture were among the discussion topics.

Cole, sharing insights about her own successes for the business she founded at age 27, kicked off her address with the Do Something song by Matthew West, inspiring and reminding participants of the importance of serving others. She spoke about commitment to customer service and maintaining an honest and reliable reputation, also unmatched production…messages from someone with business sales of over $53 million and customers that include ConocoPhillips, Bayer, Chrysler, Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, and Toyota.

WBEA, headquartered in Houston, reportedly serves close to 100 counties in Texas with scholarship and mentoring programs, networking activities, and educational opportunities for igniting growth from new business opportunities for the women owned businesses.

For more information, interested persons may call WBEA at 713-681-9232.

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