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Virtual Meeting - FEBRUARY


February 18, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Virtual Meeting


Women Business Owners Certification: Why you need it and what you can do with it? Hear Some Insights from our Panel of Experts!  

Becoming a certified Woman-Owned Business can increase visibility and opportunities for women business owners. Once you are certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), the local, state, and federal government purchasing agencies have programs for allotting a certain percentage of business to women-owned companies.  Government and large corporations are the largest buyers of goods and services and often award contracts specifically to women. These contracts can be constant, reliable sources of income.

The Benefits of WBE Certification:

  • Access to opportunities, such as large corporations and federal agencies
  • Training and educational programs exclusive to WOSB (women-owned small business)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Connect directly with buyers looking to meet their 5% subcontracting federal goals
  • Access to leads for bids and proposals
  • Access to purchasing agents
  • Mentorship programs

Our panel will be discussing how to get certified and what to do, once you are certified.  

Meet Our Featured Panelists 

Karla Gonzales, Inland Empire Small Business Development Center 

Karla Gonzales is a small business consultant. She currently consults with business owners in Riverside and San Bernardino County through the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, a federally funded program through the Small Business Administration (SBA) since April 2010.  Click here to learn more about Karla Gonzales.

DeLynne Ano, Chief Executive Officer/Owner, Scape Environmental Solutions

DeLynne Ano has over 25 years of executive experience with Fortune 100 companies. Her mentoring of businesses has resulted in billions of dollars of client revenue growth in dozens of industries from Food & Beverage and Packaging to Entertainment and Media.  Click here to learn more about DeLynne Ano.

Derek Ganter
, Director, Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service

Derek Ganter is currently the Director of the Stakeholder Liaison organization within the Internal Revenue Service. In this capacity, Derek oversees non-case-related engagement with the local, state, and regional payroll, tax practitioner, and non-tax/industry stakeholders. Click here to learn more about Derek Ganter.                            


Great news to our NAWBO-IE members! During these challenging times for women business owners, our chapter will be offering FREE attendance to members for our monthly virtual meetings until further notice.  If you are not a member yet, now is the time to join NAWBO-IE at


$0.00 FREE to NAWBO IE Members

$0.00 NAWBO Member-Other Chapter

$20.00 Non-Member Registration