Time Warner Wins the 2013 WPEO Corporate Champion Award

-- Number of Deals Soars 221% to 45,000 in 2013 from 14,000 in 2012 --
New York, NY (September 20, 2013) – A record number of contracts completed between the New York region’s Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), corporate members and the city and state of New York, were announced today at the twelfth annual Breakthrough Breakfast, hosted by The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO).  The winners of the Done DealsTM challenge were also announced, based either on the highest dollar amount, or the total number of deals reported. Over 350 Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) from New York, New Jersey, Southern Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia attended today’s event.
Over 45,000 contracts were completed between March 31st 2012 and April 1st 2013, representing a 221% increase from 14,000 contracts completed during the same time period in 2012.  
The Done Deals Challenge tracks the success of WPEO-certified WBEs in accessing business opportunities with Fortune 1000 companies, WPEO corporate members and the government. Held for the first time in 2005, the program measures, acknowledges and recognizes the impact that the WPEO has had on significantly increasing business opportunities in contracting activity.
The 2013 Done DealsTM Awards Winners are:
•           Bank of America - Corporate Opportunity Award
•          Time Warner, Inc. - Corporate Champion Award
•           DayStar Promotions, Inc. - WBE Connection Award
•           Big Apple Car - WBE Done Deals Champion Award
•           Eriksen Translations, Inc. - Access New York City Award
•           Mrs. Paper - Access New York State Award
In addition to the awards presentation, The Breakthrough Breakfast included a networking reception and featured a mini-trade fair, offering an unparalleled opportunity for WBEs to connect with one another and gain access to 30 WPEO corporate members, including: Bank of America; American Airlines; Citi; Johnson & Johnson; PepsiCo; Pfizer, Inc.; Interpublic Group; and Time Warner.
“We’ve seen landmark growth in the number of Done Deals reported over the course of the last year,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., president & founder of the WPEO. “The program is a valuable way to connect WBEs with potential business partners. It supports our mission to provide our WBEs with the kind of opportunities that foster connections between other WBEs, corporations, and the government,” she said.
WPEO Board Chair, Eliseo Rojas, Vice President of Global Sourcing & Procurement for The Interpublic Group, said “The record breaking number of contracts reported this year as part of the 2013 Done Deals program is a testament to the importance of certification and the value that WBEs bring to corporations. We are thrilled that this program has proved to be an immensely useful resource for both WBEs and corporations and we look forward to even bigger growth next year.”  
 About the Women Presidents’ Organization:
The Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's premier third-party certification organization for women owned businesses. The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Its programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide certification services.
WPEO provides full service third-party certification to women entrepreneurs in the New York, Northern New Jersey (including Princeton and points north), Southern Connecticut and the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas.  WPEO is incorporated in the state of New York and is recognized as a 501(c) (3) organization. For more information please www.wpeo.us.