Six-thousand female entrepreneurs are expected to take over Cobo Center next week.

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council's 19th annual National Conference & Business Fair comes to Detroit for the first time on Monday. The four-day event offers female entrepreneurs networking opportunities with more than 600 regional business leaders, owners and influencers.

"Detroit's innovative and entrepreneurial history, the city's dynamic resurgence on the national scene, our international ports and our global automotive and manufacturing economy combine to make Detroit an attractive destination," Michelle Richards, executive director of the Great Lakes Women's Business Council, which is hosting the event, said in a news release. "The Detroit area has one of the largest concentration of women-owned businesses in the country."

The conference features industry-specific workshops, health and wellness activities, more than 350 exhibitors, a student entrepreneur pitch competition, and an awards ceremony. This year's theme is "Discover the Difference."

Kelly Hoey, author of "Build Your Dream Network," kicks off the conference at 4 p.m. Monday. Flux Group CEO Robert Safian and singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey are other speakers.

Passes start at $100. Attendees can register on-site or online at

A 15-member planning committee that includes women business owners from several metro Detroit and regional businesses organized the event.

WBENC is the largest certifying organization of women-owned businesses in the United States and advocates for female business owners and entrepreneurs.

If you go:

  • When: June 18-21
  • Where: Cobo Center
  • Cost: Conference passes start at $200; day passes start at $100
  • Register: On-site or at

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