To fuel success for women-owned businesses, WBENC offers multiple programs and opportunities designed to support business development and growth, from pitch competitions to executive education programs.
WBENC Certification validates that a business is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. This means one or more women must have unrestricted control of the business, a demonstrated management of day-to-day operations, and a proportionate investment of capital or expertise.
WBENC uses a two part process to ensure every WBENC-Certified business meets our criteria and standards. This includes a thorough review of the documentation presented and a site visit interview with the female owner(s).
The Regional Partner Organization near you will process your application, which includes ensuring all documentation is complete, reviewing your application with a Certification Committee, and arranging a site visit with the owner.
The review process takes approximately 90 days from the date your file is deemed complete.
The Certification Committee at your Regional Partner Organization will complete a thorough review of your application, ensuring your business meets our certification criteria. Certification Committees are trained and confidential groups of volunteers from Certified WBEs, corporations, government or community organizations.
Your Regional Partner Organization will notify you via email and letter when a determination has been made.
As a WBENC-Certified WBE, you will have access to a wide range of benefits. Once you are certified, use our checklist to get acquainted with the network, download logos, and best leverage your certification. And don’t forget to set a calendar reminder for recertification!