Recertification Process

It is important to keep your WBENC certification current to avoid missing business opportunities.
WBENC certification is valid for a period of one year from the date of issue. 120 days prior to the certificate’s expiration date, the owner will receive an email containing recertification instructions. Recertification takes up to 90 days to process from the date the file is deemed complete; therefore we recommend completing your application at least 90 days before your expiration date.  Keeping WBENC certification current is the responsibility of the company owner.  While WPEO will attempt to notify certified women business enterprises (WBEs) via auto email notification, we cannot guarantee receipt of the email.  Therefore, we recommend that you mark your personal calendar to begin the recertification process.  Failure to recertify in a timely manner could result in the expiration of your certified status.
Process
To recertify, you must submit a recertification application, along with a sworn WBENC affidavit and some additional documents such as tax returns and financials to validate that your business is continuing to operate in a manner consistent with the terms of certification.

 

Good to know: Payments can be made by credit card when submitting the application on WBENCLink or via check or money order payable to WPEO and mailed to the appropriate office. All new certification and recertification applications have a nonrefundable processing fee based on the company’s revenue according to the most recent available tax return or financial statements:

Fees

Revenue Category

Nonrefundable Processing Fee

Under $1 million

$350

$1 M< $5 M

$500

$5M< $10 M

$625

$10M< $50M

$750

$50M+

$875

The Recertification Process
1. Gather all required documents listed in the recertification email. 2. Log into WBENCLink with your company’s user ID and password, and complete the recertification form. 3. Have the company owner sign and notarize the Sworn Affidavit and sign the WBENCLink 2.0 Data Access Agreement. 4. All documentation must be uploaded in WBENCLink 2.0. The document list is divided into two (2) sections: Mandatory Documents and Required Documents. If a document is listed as “Mandatory”, you must upload the actual document or a written statement detailing the reason(s) it is being omitted and/or not applicable to the company. Documents listed as “Required” that apply to the company must be uploaded or the Not Applicable box must be checked. 5. Submit the nonrefundable recertification processing fee via credit card on WBENCLink 2.0 or by check or money order payable to WPEO and mailed to the appropriate office. 6. Site visits are not required for recertification if there have been no changes to the company and certification was granted within the last 3-4 years; however, the Certification Committee can request a site visit at any time. More information on recertification is available at WBENC.org.
Questions
If you have more questions about recertification or online profile information, please contact us by email: Email NY Region  Email DC Region 

For More Information

NY Office

Email NY
Phone. 212.688.4114

DC Office

Email DC
Phone. 202.595.2628