Determine if you are eligible

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.

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Compile Required Documentation

Before applying for certification online, we recommend gathering all of the required documents in advance.

You will be providing general business information, owner eligibility, financial structure, personnel & management information, and governance information.

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Complete Online Application

Once you have ensured you meet the certification criteria and gathered your documentation, the next step is to register and complete an online application on WBENCLink2.0.

Review your application carefully before submitting. Be prepared to pay a non-refundable processing fee.

Apply Online through WBENCLink2.0

Review & Site Visit

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. 

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Certification Determination

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.


You're in!

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!

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