Certifications (WBENC/WOSB)

The Center for Women & Enterprise offers women business owners the ability to obtain formal status of their diversity through a variety of certifications. Certification allows businesses to bid on contracts as a diverse vendor in both the private sector and the public sector.

The Benefits of Certification

Certification is an important tool for expanding your company’s visibility among decision makers in supplier diversity and procurement.

Certification Options

“CWE's programming was the best learning experience I have ever had including grad school.  The networking, engaging conversations and opportunity to practice helped me to feel confident in moving my investment plan forward for Banneker Industries.”

Cheryl Snead, Banneker Industries

Free Certification Webinar

What is supplier diversity and how does certification fit it? Is certification right for my company? What are the benefits? What are the costs?

Participate in one of the live versions of this webinar where you can ask questions:

WBENC: Why and How You Should Certify Your Business As Women-Owned

[Recommended for businesses with $50k+ in revenues looking to grow]

 

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification offered through the Center for Women & Enterprise is the nation’s leading independent certification of women-owned businesses. Over 12,000 businesses are certified nationwide, and over 600 corporate supplier diversity and procurement professionals recognize the WBENC certification.

Certification enables you to grow your business through contracts with large companies, colleges & universities, and some government entities; it also provides an opportunity to partner and/or conduct business with other certified women-owned businesses.

If your business is at least 51% owned, and 100% operated, managed, and controlled by a woman or women, you may qualify for this national certification.

Join us for this complimentary, informative Webinar and learn:

  • Why WBENC certification is good for business
  • How WBENC certification can help you expand your business network and ultimately grow your business through contracts with corporations, colleges and universities, and government entities
  • Whether your business is a good candidate for certification
  • What the certification process entails and how to get started

Note: This is a free Online Webinar; you must register to attend.

Register now (choose date):

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Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Sep. 7, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fee: Free

I'm Certified, Now What?

You’ve gotten through all the paperwork, site visits, and committee reviews and now you’re WBENC certified as a Women Business Enterprise. Congratulations! Now comes the real work, understanding how certification can be used to grow your business and network. This webinar will go over the key aspects of WBENC certification, what resources are at your fingertips as a certified business, how you fit into the ecosystem of CWE & Women Business Enterprise National Council, and recommendations of steps to take to get started with utilizing your certification. Webinar recurring monthly unless otherwise listed. Ideal for NEW WBENC certified business, open to all.

Register now (choose date):

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Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sep 8, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fee: Free

Are you interested in supporting Women Business Owners?

Volunteer your time to assist the Center for Women & Enterprise in evaluating applications for WBENC Women-Owned Business Certification.  No prior experience required.  It is helpful to have a general understanding of business/finance and legal expertise.

Join our committee to review applications for certification and/or become a site visitor (currently done virtually). This is a great opportunity to meet and help women entrepreneurs running businesses of all shapes and sizes.

The time commitment varies based on the role; estimate 3 hours per month.

Interested in volunteering?  Join us for a webinar to find out more.  Choose a date and register by clicking here.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Certify your business and open up the world of possibilities.

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