Programs & Events


Events & Training




Ohio River Valley’s Business Development Program (ORVBDP) is a comprehensive 7-month business development program designed for women business owners who are building sustainable and scalable companies. Modeled after the Kauffman FastTrac Growth Venture Program and hosted in partnership with corporations such as P&G, L Brands, Marathon, and Fifth Third Bank to name a few, the course is guided by certified facilitators and includes subject matter experts. The highly selective Program is limited to 10 participants per class.

Catch the Wave Regional Conference


Catch the Wave provides networking, training, and access to certified women business owners in Kentucky, Ohio & West Virginia and WBEC ORV corporate members. This conference draws over 500 attendees from across the region and includes an opening reception, pitch breakfast, keynote luncheon, awards dinner, corporate and WBE workshops, WBE Showcase and a Meet the Buyer event. Corporate and WBE sponsorships are available.

Women Winning Contracts


This event assists women-owned businesses to leverage their WOSB certification by learning how to effectively complete for government contracts covering topics such as researching opportunities, selling strategies, and securing contracts. This event may be co-hosted by WBEC ORV and key federal government partners including SBA and WIPP.

Industry Events


This is a collaborative approach between corporate members and WBEC ORV to identify WBE suppliers to be included in the proposal/bid process for upcoming targeted spend categories. WBEC ORV will assist corporate partners in identifying WBEs that may have the capacity and capability to participate in upcoming opportunities. These events and workshops can be customized based on the desired outcome for each event. This approach can help produce significant and immediate results in your inclusion and supplier diversity efforts through targeted, invitation only outreach efforts.

WBENC National Conference


The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) provides the gold standard certification for women-owned businesses, and the professional development, tools and resources to help them succeed.

Each year, our dynamic and diverse network comes together to fuel opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The WBENC National Conference is the largest event of its kind for women business owners, welcoming thousands of women entrepreneurs and corporate executives ready to make connections and do business.