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Through the Women's Business Enterprise Center-East (WBEC-East) a regional partner of the national WBENC organization, your business can apply for a certification that is accepted by over 700 major corporations, non-profit organizations, as well as many local, state, and Federal government agencies. WBENC certification is an important marketing tool for expanding your company's visibility among and access to decision makers in supplier diversity and procurement offices. Many corporations require that you be WBENC-certified before providing access to their supplier diversity programs.


Benefits of Certification

As a certified Women's Business Enterprise, or WBE, you will be entitled to:

List your business profile in WBENCLink, an internet database that is accessed by hundreds of corporations throughout the United States
Have access to a directory of corporations accepting WBENC certification
Use a special WBENC seal on your letterhead, business cards, and other marketing materials
Participate in networking events, matchmaker meetings and trade shows with other WBEs, corporate and government buyers
Become a member of the local Forum, which advocates on behalf of WBEs and facilitates corporate business opportunities


Additionally, WBENC has several exclusive initiatives for WBEs including WEBuy@wbenc.org, an electronic marketplace utilized by corporate members, government agencies and other WBEs to post RFPs and RFIs, scholarships for executive management programs including the Tuck/WBENC Executive Management Program, and the nation's largest conference and business fair for WBE's.


Certification Criteria

  1. At least fifty-one percent ownership by a woman or women
  2. Proof of effective management and control of the business
  3. Documented evidence of contribution of capital and/or expertise
  4. U.S. Citizenship or Legal Resident Alien status

WBEC maintains a stringent screening process under the guidelines of WBENC's Standards & Procedures, which ensures that all firms are legitimately owned, managed, and controlled by women. All applicants are encouraged to read WBENC's Standards & Procedures.


The Application Process

You may review WBENC's certification criteria, application instructions and apply online by visiting www.wbenc.org. You will need to upload all supporting documentation and pay a non-refundable processing fee along with your application. The process takes approximately 90 days once the application and all documentation have been received. The certification is valid for a period of one year, at which time you must submit a recertification application and affidavit to ensure the continuity of your certified status. An on-site visit is conducted initially and then every three years as part of the recertification process.



WBENC Certification Application 

To begin the application process, complete the WBENC online application. Based on your type of company, fill in the appropriate checklist and upload all of the listed required documents along with a non-refundable processing fee.

Use the scale below to determine your application fee. The application fee for Certification and Recertification is determined by your company's annual gross receipts

Under 1 Million $350
1 Million to 5 Million $500
5 Million to 10 Million $750
10 Million to 50 Million $1,000
50 Million and above $1,250


WBENC Re-certification

To remain a certified Women Business Enterprise of WBENC, annual recertification is a requirement. This will ensure continuity of your certified status. A site visit to your business will be conducted every three years as part of the re-certification process. The WBENC re-certification application and process can be found by clicking here. The application must be completed through the WBENCLink portal along with the required documents and the appropriate processing fee based on the scale listed above. You can submit your recertification application 120 days prior to your expiration date.


For questions about certification, please contact:

Colleen LaCoss
Certification Manager