Certifying women owned businesses is the foundation of WBENC's mission, along with connecting WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) with WBENC's Corporate Members to facilitate real time business opportunities and serving as a resource to offer training that helps the Corporate Member and the WBENC-Certified WBE grow their capacity.
WBENC's world-class certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. WBENC is also an approved Third Party Certifier for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program.
WBENC Certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. To achieve WBENC Certification, women owned businesses complete a formal documentation and site visit process which is administered by one of WBENC's 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPO).
As one of the fourteen RPOs, Women’s Business Enterprise Council – Pacific (WBEC-Pacific) offers WBENC and WOSB Certifications to women-owned businesses in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Northern California. WBEC-Pacific also offers WOSB certification in addition to WBENC certification at no extra cost after the company qualifies to become WBENC-certified and the majority woman owner is a US Citizen.
Certification gives women-owned businesses the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC Corporate Members and government agencies, as well as many other benefits. To see a list of more certification benefits, click here.