WBENC: Supporting Women Owned Businesses Through Certification

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This month, WBENC is celebrating National Women’s Small Business Month with a campaign calling on the public to make a conscious effort to support women-owned small businesses and #BuyWomenOwned.

But supporting women-owned businesses is not just a campaign; it’s the core of what we do. WBENC is the nation’s leading certifier of women-owned businesses and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.

Through our certification, women-owned businesses gain access to a vast network of support, including targeted business opportunities for certified women-owned firms, increased visibility in corporate and government supply chains, education and development programs to spur growth and increase capacity, and networking and mentorship opportunities with thousands of women entrepreneurs and those who support them.

Simply speaking, certification opens doors for women-owned businesses and provides the tools and resources to help them grow and succeed.

If you are a women business owner or aspiring entrepreneur, here are a few ways WBENC Certification could help your business:

  • Gain access to contacts at hundreds of major corporations and federal, state and local government entities. WBENC only partners with corporations and government entities who are dedicated to supplier diversity, meaning they are specifically looking to increase spend with women-owned suppliers.

  • Make meaningful connections with potential clients and fellow entrepreneurs at our national events, featuring formal and informal opportunities to meet with and pursue business with corporations and other women-owned businesses.

  • Spend time on developing your business and positioning for future growth through our educational programming, mentoring, capacity development programs, and other business tools and resources.

  • Benefit from a vast community of support from other female business owners and like-minded professionals all dedicated to the growth and success of women-owned businesses.

  • Market yourself as a women-owned business with the Women Owned Logo, only available for use by certified businesses.

But don’t just take it from us. Here’s what current WBENC-certified women-owned businesses have to say:


Learn more:

Visit wbenc.org/certification to learn more about the certification process, documentation required, and frequently asked questions.



WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and more than 15,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more.


About Women Owned

Women Owned is an initiative from WBENC and WEConnect International to create a movement of support for Women Owned businesses. We support female entrepreneurs and those who do business with them by raising awareness for why, where and how to buy Women Owned. Learn more.


Posted on October 8, 2019 and filed under Message from Pam.