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I was a Vegas virgin.

out of the blue Heidi Strand June 30, 2011

It was my first trip to Sin City; however, I unfortunately did not have the time to experience its infamous offerings, much less its 100 degree weather …

Instead, I attenHeidi Strandded the four-day, national conference for Women Business Enterprises (WBENC) and lived almost exclusively in Mandalay Bay’s Convention Center.

As a recently certified woman-owned business, Blue Door Consulting was excited to get its foot in the door and take advantage of the opportunity to meet with Fortune 500s that were exhibiting. And, what an opportunity it was!

From the get-go, the experience was overwhelming, exciting and encouraging. Supplier diversity managers ran rampant and truly showed an interest in our boutique firm that offered ‘Non-New York’ pricing. We came prepared with company research in-hand to meet not only exhibitors like Home Depot and Boeing, but were fortunate enough to be granted eight individual interviews where we could pitch our services, philosophies and processes.

I wanted to thank the WBENC organization for this amazing entrée. Our one-on-one interviews proved more than worthwhile and our firm walked away understanding its strengths and weaknesses. We also learned that even a “small firm from Oshkosh, Wis.,” can play with the big dogs.