Replay – Opportunities for Women and Minority Small Business Owners

Sep 3, 2022

Women and minority business owners tuned in this week to hear about Vendor Diversity Programs and how they could open up opportunities for their business. DeLynne Ano, Founder and CEO of Playbook Makers, was the guest speaker of the sixth episode of the Women in Business Seminar Series. The series is presented by Maui Economic Development Board — with support of the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program, County of Maui and Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC.)

DeLynne, who has spent over 25 years as an executive with Fortune 100 companies where her Sourcing and Procurement background resulted in more than $12 billion of contract dollars, shared her experience from working with companies like Disney and Nestle, and then transitioning into owning her own business.

She gave listeners an idea of what type of business service and products the large companies look to work with through their vendor diversity programs. She also gave tips on how businesses can stand out to these corporations to build relationships and ultimately win contracts.

“The presentation made me excited knowing there are programs out there looking for women in business,” said Dr. Sara Vogel of Ladybits and Leadership, LLC. “It could be the catalyst to make enough money to quit my full time job and pursue my business full time.

DeLynne also shared in the webinar the value she gets being part of the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) community.

WBEC is one of the official WOSB Certifiers for SBA Women Owned Small Business certifications. Businesses certified as being a 51% owned and operated (Minority, Women, Veteran) qualify to participate in company Vendor Diversity programs. MEDB, in association with WBEC, is providing mentoring to small business owners interested in getting certified. Watch the replay to learn more and you can also contact to apply.