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About WBEA

Letter from the Chair

Letter from the Chair, WBEA Board of Directors

Houston, TX, August 2015




Twenty-years in the making.  I can hardly believe it.  This is the WBEA’s twentieth year!   We have much to be proud of and our organization will be celebrating throughout the year.  You have a strong, well-connected President and dedicated staff as well as the many volunteers as foundation of the WBEA.  The Board represents a cross-section of industries working to build a synergistic relationship in support of the organization.   Board focus areas this year include membership, growth of WBEs, corporate requirements, as well as organization sustainability. 

Remember to keep your WBENC certification current.  WBENC certification provides a national standard of certification for women-owned businesses. 


Certification validates your business as well as provides a strong edge to opportunities.  Many of you qualify to take advantage of certification reciprocity.  The WBEA offers reciprocity with the State of Texas when you hold WBENC certification and meet State certification requirements.   See the WBEA Certification Coordinator for further details.


WBEA continues to host incredible luncheons. The tables are always buzzing with excitement and the art of networking was evidenced throughout the table discussions. We would love to hear about your success stories and connections made.  Events are a wonderful way to meet and share knowledge with one another. I hope to connect with each and every corporate and WBE.


Stay in the know and on the go by visiting and click on events.  Events are generating much excitement throughout Houston and all are welcome!

Thank you to the WBEA staff, corporate members, WBEs, and volunteers. An organization is only as strong as the people who serve and support. We are so thankful for all of our WBEA supporters. My quote for all to remember is “It is a new DAY at WBEA!”




Sophia Gaona

Chair – WBEA Board of Director


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