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Being certified as a woman-owned diverse supplier can open up opportunities previously inaccessible to your business.
In fact, the vast majority of Fortune 1000 corporations in the U.S. require WBENC certification before granting woman-owned businesses access to their supplier diversity programs. Being certified brings your business to corporate America’s attention.
WPEO, as a regional partner organization, facilitates the certification process. Once you’re certified, WPEO works to ensure that your business reaps the benefits.
WBENC places strict requirements on proving that a business is woman-owned and managed before granting certification. The primary criteria for a business applying for WBENC certification concern whether the business has majority female ownership (at least 51% by one or more women) and is managed by women. Further, women must have unrestricted control of the business, and the highest defined title in the company’s legal documents must be held by a woman.
To see if your business qualifies, review the full certification criteria: