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What is the One Woman National Business Conference®?

One Woman® is a two-day women’s business development conference tailored to both established business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. It is a small business promotion, advocacy and development program of Texas Business Alliance.

How is the One Woman® different from other conferences?

One Woman® takes a unique inside-out, total person approach to content delivery for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs geared at increasing business-readiness and revenue. It offers four tracks of workshops for start-ups, experienced business owners, supplier diversity professionals and youth. One Woman® delivers on bringing together corporate and governmental decision makers and suppliers. One Woman® also delivers on a fun, well-organized and special event, worthy of your time away from the office.

How many people attended the conference last year?

There were more than 700 attendees at last year’s conference.

What is the anticipated attendance this year?

This year, we expect more than 800 attendees comprised of conference registrants, Expo networkers, corporate and government sponsors and professionals, sponsors, young professionals, teenpreneurs, members of academia and media.

What should I wear/What may I bring?

Attendees generally wear business or business casual attire. During the day, you will be moving throughout the Marriott Hotel and perhaps even the Town Square for shopping or dining, so wear comfortable shoes. Attendees will receive a conference gift bag and program upon arrival.

Will conference participants be given a list of attendees?

Conference participants will receive a list of Expo exhibitors. Sponsors will receive a list of registrants, if desired.

What are the elements of the conference?

The conference features general sessions, tailored workshops, hands-on instruction, networking receptions, an Expo, team-building experiences, Youth Explosion! and an awards brunch honoring small business owners and supplier diversity champions.

When is the Conference?

Friday and Saturday, August 17-18, 2012.

How long is the Conference?

The conference begins each day at 8 AM and ends on Friday at 6:30 p.m.  On Saturday, the conference ends at 2 p.m.

Where is the Conference?

The Marriott Sugar Land Town Square, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

Is the Marriott Hotel on the Bus Line?


Is free parking available at the Marriott Hotel?

Yes, free, self-serve parking is offered.

What is included in the registration fee?

  • Full-access to include registrant hospitality suite
  • Governors Small Business Forum
  • Soaring Heights Awards Brunch and Mimosa Jazz Red Carpet Reception
  • General sessions
  • Interactive workshops
  • Access to the Expo all day
  • Access to corporate/governmental matchmaking one-on-ones
  • Live entertainment
  • Registrant swag bag
  • Door prizes

How much does it cost?

  • TBA Member:  $150.00
  • TBA Partner:  $1.00
  • Standard:  $175.00
  • At Door: $175.00
  • Supplier Diversity Registration Sponsorship (includes overnight accommodations)

Deadline for above early bird pricing ends for TBA members/partners on: July 15.

Note, the early bird registration may be extended without notice.

Who is speaking this year?

Please see the speaker page for a full listing of our wonderful featured presenters.

Who hosts the event?

A host committee of community leaders hosts One Woman®.

I never got an email confirmation; am I registered?


When will I receive my badges?

Approximately three weeks prior to the event or onsite at packet pick-up.


General seating is done on a first come/first served basis, except for reserved sponsor or partner tables.

Special Needs

Please forward any special needs requests to

How do I become a volunteer?

Volunteer online, email or call 713.738.7578.

How do I become a sponsor or exhibitor?

Register online, call 713.738.7578 or email

Are there any evening events?

Yes, see the schedule for power networking events.

Can I sit with my party at the awards brunch?

Yes, if you arrive together. However, attendees are seated randomly on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Are there any incentives for group registration?

Yes. The group registration fee (four or more people) is $25 off the prevailing rate per person. All reservations must be made at the same time with the same form of payment.

Can I register on-site?

Yes. However, space is limited and we encourage you to register at the early-bird rate ($150).  The registration fee increases as the conference draws near.

Can registered participants attend all conference sessions and events?

Registered participants as designated by registrant badges will have open access to everything.

Can I purchase single tickets for individual events?

Yes.  Single ticket price are:

  • Governors Small Business Forum Registration $65
  • Governors Small Business Forum Luncheon $40
  • Soaring Heights Awards Brunch & Mimosa Jazz Reception $75
  • Friday Workshops $50
  • Saturday Workshops $25
  • Tables (seating for 10) are $500 each

Are meals included in the registration package?


What if I have to cancel?

Texas Business Alliance will refund your registration fee (minus a $50 processing fee) if the cancellation is received in writing by July 15, 2012. All cancellation requests must be submitted by the original registrants.

If I have already registered but cannot attend, can I send someone else in my place?

Texas Business Alliance will accept a name change if the request is received in writing by July 1, 2012. All name change requests must be submitted by the original registrant.

I’m interested in being a speaker at the conference. Have speakers been selected yet?

Speakers are still being accepted for review. To request a speaker’s application, please call 713.738.7578 or email

Will there be an Expo this year?


What is Youth Explosion?

A fun-filled business program designed for teens. It is free.  Attendees will meet the current Youth Entrepreneurship Academy® participants, plus compete in an overnight competition. Registration is required and space will be limited.

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