Women in business face unique challenges their male counterparts don’t, which is why a Women-owned business certification is a useful tool to help female-run businesses thrive. This certification comes with benefits that make it easier for women to access opportunities and resources that might not have otherwise been available to them.
What is a women-owned business certification
A Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) certification is just one of the ways you can certify your woman or women-owned business. This certification validates that a business is at least 51% owned and operated by a woman or women. WBE certification expands opportunities for women entrepreneurs to access government contracts and grow their businesses.
What businesses are eligible?
Women-owned businesses are eligible for the WBE certification if they meet the following criteria:
- Business is at least 51% woman-owned and operated
- Operations are primarily located in the United States (certain foreign firms may qualify under specific conditions learn more here)
- Woman or women must be in the role of managing daily operations and making long-term decisions as well as hold the highest officer positions available.
- Woman or women must work at the business full-time
Benefits of getting certified as a women-owned business
This type of certification comes with benefits for women-owned businesses that can help women-owned businesses succeed. With a WBE certification, businesses have:
- The ability to promote their business at National Minority Supplier Development Council and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council events
- Access to participate in National Minority Supplier Development Council and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council social media channels
- Access to supplier diversity and procurement executives at major U.S. corporations and federal, state, and local government entities
- Opportunities to pursue business with Corporate and Government Members, and other certified women-owned businesses
- Access to networking events, procurement opportunities, mentoring, education, development programs, and business resources
- Eligibility for regional and national recognition and awards
- Use of Women Owned Logo and Women’s Business Enterprise Seal as a marketing tool
- Access to a community of support from other female business owners and like-minded professionals
How to get certified
If your business qualifies and the benefits appeal to you, the next step is getting certified. The application can be complex and in addition to the online application, you may be required to submit printed copies of paperwork. The required materials will vary depending on your organization. After you submit your application, an in-person interview will be held at the site of your business as the final step in the certification process. Then, you’ll renew your certification annually. Check out this post for a detailed breakdown on how to get certified as a woman or women-owned business.
Valley’s Women in Business Program is a great resource for women-owned businesses looking to expand their network, connect with others in or out of their industry and take advantage of unique program perks. Learn more about our program that fosters collaboration and connection.
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