MASON, OH–(Marketwire – Feb 28, 2013) – The Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council (ORV~WBC) has partnered with online supplier-diversity service ConnXus to provide its members with access to a wide-ranging set of corporate and government contracting opportunities worth millions of dollars.
ORV~WBC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to certify bona fide women-owned businesses and to promote the development, establishment, expansion and encouragement of businesses owned by women. ORV~WBC is a certifying partner organization in the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, which is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States.
ConnXus is an online marketplace that helps companies optimize their spending on outside goods and services, which includes identifying and contracting with new suppliers. To address its clients’ growing commitment to engaging diversity suppliers, it provides a searchable database of minority- and woman-owned vendors and provides an online platform to post contract bidding opportunities.
ConnXus will become a corporate member of ORV~WBC and offer WBENC Certified WBEs processed by ORV~WBC a complimentary ConnXus silver membership, valued at $228 yearly. The two organizations will also collaborate and promote business building projects and events.
“Our partnership with the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council gives their members a new gateway to the best corporate contract opportunities,” said Rod Robinson, CEO of ConnXus. “We are excited to provide value to WBENC’s local members and look forward to working with other chapters to offer similar benefits.”
“We are delighted to partner with ConnXus to provide another tool that will allow WBENC Certified WBEs to increase access to corporations and expanded B2B opportunities,” said Rea N. Waldon, Ph.D., Executive Director of ORV~WBC. “Access to opportunities is one of the top issues that our WBEs face. With our client base of over 1,000 businesses and limited staff, ConnXus is able to help us meet the needs of our clients through its database and technology.”
Web-based service ConnXus, based in Mason, Ohio, helps businesses locate, evaluate and engage small, woman- and minority-owned businesses. Corporations register as buyer members and indicate which of the more than 400 products or service categories they need. Small, woman- or minority-owned businesses register as supplier members, indicating the products or service categories they provide as well as their size, areas of expertise and representative customers. Thousands of companies belong to the ConnXus database, and buyer members have posted more than $200 million in contract opportunities for supplier members so far. For more information, go to www.connXus.com.
About the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council
ORV~WBC is an organization for women business owners interested in promoting, developing and maintaining business relationships with other women business owners, major corporations and governmental agencies. A nonprofit organization, its mission is to certify bona fide women-owned businesses and to promote the activities directed at the development, establishment, expansion and encouragement of businesses owned by women. ORV~WBC is a certifying partner organization in the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Through our partnership with WBENC, our WBE certification process is a nationally recognized and accepted certification, a process required by many private-sector companies and governmental agencies. ORV~WBC includes numerous WBEs and corporate partners in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. ORV~WBC is a program operated by the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s department of Business Development & Entrepreneurship under the authority of WBENC.