Testimonials
 

WHAT WBEs HAVE TO SAY ABOUT CATCH THE WAVE

"I can't say enough about Catch the Wave. It was my first time attending, and I was amazed. The workshops and speakers were right on target, Meet the Buyer was beneficial, and, as an added bonus, the conference was fun! I met more people in those couple days than I've met in 8 years of being certified. It is LOUD and CLEAR that ORV-WBC has a passion for collaboration and helping WBEs succeed. I'm already looking forward to next year!" Beth Reynolds, President, Lemak Lubricants
 
"It was the BEST Catch the Wave, and the addition of the Wisdom Circles and the Peer-to-Peer Power Hour certainly brought new meaning to networking. I'm so proud to represent Crown Services in this amazing group!" Karen Siravo, Business Development Mgr., Crown Services
 
"The 2017 Catch the Wave Conference exceeded my expectations. This year's addition of the Wisdom Circles was my favorite part of the conference. This was a format of 8 women gathering around the table to exchange and share "lessons learned". These sessions were of great value and armed us with motivation and inspiration to help others in their quest for success." Barb Grothe, Senior Consultant, BAZ Group
 
"For my company, Catch the Wave 2017 was a fantastic experience! A lot of good networking, sharing of ideas and finding out about best practices. I really like the fact that ORV emphasizes teaming up of small businesses. It truly opened up doors for us since our business was highlighted during the ORVBDP Graduation lunch!" Purba Majumder, CEO & Co-Founder, Cybervation
 
"The Catch the Wave Conference gave me a fresh outlook on my business, helping me to work on my business and not just in it. I left the conference feeling empowered and re-energized...super conference!" Kim Osborne , CEO, Kyana Packaging Solutions
 
"Catch the Wave attendance has led to a proposal to revive our Goldmine CRM, an educational session on trade show presentations, feedback on a company project from professional videographers, clearer understanding of concise value propositions, the sale of 18 red leather chairs, new service options for our local CVB and expo center, new relationships with smart women and even gigs for my harp teacher! What a ripple effect!" Julie Garrigan, President, Garrigans.com
 
"Catch the Wave Conference was my first event as a certified WBE. This is a great organization in that the sky is the limit if you're willing to immerse yourself in, participate and take advantage of everything ORV-WBC has to offer! We have already scheduled marketing meetings with several of the companies who were at the conference. Opportunities Galore!" Linda Dektas, Owner, Creative Storm
 
"This was my third year attending Catch the Wave, and I feel it was the best yet. I attend several conferences and business fairs throughout the year and always evaluate the value based on business-building and networking opportunities, as well as opportunities to continue to learn and grow as a business owner. Catch the Wave delivered in all these important areas!" Karen Cooper, President & Co-Founder, SmartIT
 
"I attended the 2015 Catch the Wave event as a newly certified WBE. The two day event was a great introduction to the many benefits of certification: impactful networking, inspiring success stories, and motivating seminars. The event was unlike others in this space, because there was a palpable energy around helping each business/each other get better. Will definitely make this a must on my calendar." Toi Clarke Jones, President, Onyx Sourcing Solutions
 
"I have attended many conferences in my 33 year career. This was by far the most rewarding. I made several new friends, learned new things, and made contacts for my company. I look forward to attending next year!" Barrie Theilman, President, Western Nursing Services
 
"This was my first Catch the Wave Conference. I've attended many conferences over the years but this event far exceeded my expectations on a professional and personal level. Catch the Wave provided not only networking opportunities and valuable insights from successful business owners that I can apply to my business, this event connected to my needs as a woman. I left this conference rejuvenated, supported and empowered for my JOURNEY ahead. Awesome job ORV!" Barb Rayford-Smith, President, Journey Steel, Inc.
 
"We met several people we can do business with. We've already been contacted by one of them to provide a cost estimate. This year was my second year attending. Last year was sort of a "learning experience" and this year was fruitful!" Vicki Schneider, President, SRM & Associates
 
"As part of my strategy of building capacity, one of my primary goals for the event was to partner with another WBE vendor for a few very specific services that my largest client requested. I found a perfect fit while at the event, and our companies began working together collaboratively within 5 days of the event. Had it not been for CTW, I may not have been able to provide my largest client with these unique services." Kristi Blosser, President, Modern TECHnique
 
"When I went to Catch the Wave 2014, I was expecting a conference as good as last year, but it was even better! I attended, I learned, and I was transformed! The WBENC showcase was a nice addition. The presenters were engaging and informative. Our award winners and keynote speaker were inspiring. The Pitch workshop was invaluable. The interest and dedication of the Corporate representatives was evident and encouraging." Karen Tate, President, The Griffin Tate Group