Resources & Links

WPEO has collaborative partnerships with various regional organizations that provide business development, technical assistance and contracting opportunities to certified women-owned business enterprises. Through these partnerships, eligible WBEs (please see specific criteria for each) may be able to fast-track their certification through these agencies once they are WBENC certified.

National Resources

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) 

WBENC is the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and provider of the gold standard WBENC certification. WBENC certification provides access to a national database of over 11,000 certified WBEs and hundreds of corporate member representatives, along with regional and national events and conferences.

Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) 

The WPO is a non-profit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. WPO members take part in professionally facilitated peer learning groups in order to get the ‘genius out of the group’ and grow their businesses to the next level. There are 114 chapters on six continents.

Small Business Administration (SBA) 

The SBA is a Federal Government agency offering resources for women business owners who are starting out in business and those that are looking to grow their businesses.

SBA Business Matchmaking 

Women’s Business Centers 

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of more than 80 educational centers designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses.

 

WPEO-NY Region Strategic Partners

Empire State Development Corporation, New York State 
This state agency provides public sector woman-owned business certification for doing business with the State of New York.

The New York City Department of Small Business Services  
New York City agency providing public sector woman-owned business certification for doing business with New York City.

New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Minority and Woman Business Development 
New Jersey state agency providing public sector woman-owned business certification for doing business with the State of New Jersey.

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Connecticut agency responsible for economic development in the State of Connecticut.

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
MCC supports the business community by advocating for positive business legislation, hosting 3-4 monthly networking events and seminars, and conducting marketing and international outreach.

Institute of Supply Management (ISM)
Association that exists to educate, develop, and advance the purchasing and supply management profession.

New York City Department of Small Business Services
New York City SBS connects business owners and entrepreneurs to public and private sector business assistance resources. (See certification agreements.)

New York Women’s Agenda (NYWA)
NYWA is a nonprofit, non-partisan, tax-exempt coalition of New York City women’s organizations and individuals who collaborate to influence policy and programs that affect the lives of women and families in New York City.

Women’s Enterprise Development Center
The Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC), a not-for-profit microenterprise development program in Westchester County, New York, helps women achieve economic self-sufficiency through small business development.

Supplier Diversity Development Council (SDDC)
The SDDC is a coalition of New Jersey public utilities promoting the use of diverse suppliers including WBEs.

New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners
NJAWBO promotes woman business owners in the State of New Jersey through educational workshops, conferences, and local meetings.

Women’s Business Development Council
The WBDC is a Connecticut-based non-profit women’s business center. It provides education, training, resources and connections to women at training sites throughout Connecticut, offering a continuum of programs and services to clients in need while fostering influential relationships for successful business women at the other end of the spectrum.

 

WPEO-DC Region Strategic Partners

Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Minority Business Enterprise 

The American Small Business Coalition
The American Small Business Coalition is a membership organization exclusively focused on supporting the development of relationships, best practices and market intelligence for companies doing business in the government sector.

Community Business Partnership, Northern Virginia and Surrounding Area 
Community Business Partnership provides small business technical assistance and financing services, particularly to low-moderate income and disadvantaged individuals, including minorities, women and the disabled, specifically in Northern Virginia.

Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce aims to develop the network and tools to help businesses in the Washington D.C. area grow. Every year more than 1500 businesses and organizations participate in our events, many of whom are our members. These members range from the Washington region’s largest corporations to one-person companies – and everything in between.

Maryland Chamber of Commerce 
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce provides value to its members by creating a strong pro-business agenda, lobbying state government to support Maryland’s business and industrial sectors, providing timely and informative communications on the issues that impact Maryland businesses and connecting members to business leaders and policymakers in Maryland.

NAWBO Baltimore Regional Chapter 
NAWBO BRC’s mission is to empower and promote women business owners in the greater Baltimore area.

Prince George’s County Women Business Owners 
WBO-PGC exists to educate, support and empower women business owners whose businesses serve Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Women In Technology 
WIT is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of advancing women in technology – from the classroom to the boardroom – by providing advocacy, leadership development, networking, mentoring and technology education.

Women in Technology (WIT), Greater DC region 
WIT offers women in all levels of the technology industry a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities. One of the organization’s main goals is to create a forum where women in technology can be recognized and promoted as role models.

National Association of Minority Architects DC 
NOMA develops a showcase for minority professionals in design and construction.

National Association of Black Women in Construction 
The vision of the National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC) is to build lasting strategic partnerships that will provide groundbreaking and innovative solutions for black women in construction.

Construction Real Estate Women (CREW – DC)  
Founded in 1979, CREW- DC is a membership organization that promotes professional opportunities and business relationships for women in the commercial real estate industry.

Women Construction Owners and Executives 
Dedicated to creating a level playing field for women-owned firms in the construction industry and helping members’ businesses grow and prosper.

Maryland Washington Minority Contractors Association 
A member organization that advocates for minority business inclusion in all public and private procurement, providing support, education, capacity building and technical assistance to new and existing businesses.

SKANSKA’s Community Advisory Team (CAT) Community Advisory Team 
Supporting the construction company’s major projects in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, CAT builds a strong community infrastructure to encourage participation and input from community leaders on how to best serve the DMV.

Chesapeake Economic Development Corporation 
Promoting business growth in the Chesapeake, VA area, one of the 100 largest cities in America.

Network of Enterprising Women – Richmond
Creating and providing a supportive environment for businesses that will foster productivity and effectiveness, enhancing both the community and the quality of life in the Greater Richmond area.

The Center for Women’s Enterprise
A new women business development center with a goal of making connections and opening doors for women business owners in the Richmond area and creating pathways for Central Virginia’s women to be successful entrepreneurs.

Maryland Women’s Business Center
The Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) helps Montgomery County’s diverse population start and build successful women-owned enterprises that are positioned for long-term growth in our community.

Richmond NAWBO
Since 1982 NAWBO Richmond has provided a strong voice and vision for a dynamic group of women business owners and corporate partners in Central Virginia.