WEConnect International will expand its certification and market access activities to Japan in spring 2018 through the Strengthening Market Access for Women Business Owners initiatve. Working closely with a consortium of founding Corporate Members—Accenture, Intel, and Johnson & Johnson—WEConnect International will leverage its powerful global networks and experience working with women-owned businesses to establish a presence ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics. In addition to providing certification of women-owned businesses, WEConnect and the Coalition will coordinate activities to support market access and business growth opportunities for women business owners in Japan. Women business owners that participate in the project will not only strengthen their capacity to pitch and sell to large corporations but will also gain the opportunity to connect and interact with both domestic and international corporate representatives that have a committed interest in buying from women-owned businesses.
WEConnect International identifies, educates, and certifies women’s business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit certifying and connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.