The WBENC certification for women-owned businesses is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation.


Do You Qualify?

Criteria for Certification:

  • Fifty-one percent ownership by a woman or women.
  • Proof of effective management and control of the business (operating position, by-laws, hire-fire and other decision-making role, signature role on loans and contracts) contribution of capital and/or expertise
  • Independence
  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Resident Alien Status

Accepted by major Fortune 500 corporations across the country and a number of federal and government agencies, your WBENC certification will be an important marketing tool for expanding your company’s visibility among decision makers in corporate supplier diversity and procurement. Learn more about the events we offer members to help members you champion your skills as a business owner.

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Getting certified can take up to 90 days and is an involved process that requires that your company can prove that it is majority owned by a woman or a group of women. First you must determine if you are eligible for certification. Once you have determined your eligibility, you must follow the 4 steps outlined below.

  1. Online application: has the certification application which must be completed on line: Please review all instructions before completing the application. An extensive list of documents is also required and must be submitted with your application.
  2. Certification Committee Review: A trained and experienced committee will review your application and supporting documents.
  3. Site Visit: A site visit will be conducted for all applications that are reviewed by the Certification Review Committee. The majority owner(s) must be present at the site visit. The site visit must take place at the company headquarters.
  4. Decision: A report is completed after the site visit which is presented at the next committee meeting and the committee decides to award or deny certification. In the event that an application is denied there is an appeals process which allows an applicant to request further review of the application if she feels that the committee made their decision in error.

We understand you might have more questions before you get started. More information can be found by reading the FAQ here or by contacting Lisa Roblejo at


Certified WBENC
Corporate Close-Ups

A Corporate Close-Up is organized by one of our corporate sponsors or partners in order to provide information to our WBEs on how to do business with their company. At these events you have an opportunity to meet buyers, managers, and/or supplier diversity executives. Specific information is given for working with buyers in your industry. It is an excellent opportunity for our WBEs to gain an understanding of the vendor application process, industry-specific guidelines and regulations for doing business with these companies, as well as determining where current and future contract opportunities lie.

Matchmaker Events

One on one meetings between a corporate representative and a certified WBE scheduled in 15 minute intervals.

An opportunity for a WBE to meet with a corporate representative to pitch their product or service, as well as an opportunity for a corporate representative to meet with a WBE to explore contracting opportunities.

Application Process
An online application only for certified WBEs.

Benefits for the WBE
Provides access to a corporation that is interested in exploring business opportunities with you, an opportunity to pitch your product or service, as well as an opportunity for you to establish a relationship with someone in the corporation that will be your champion.

Benefits for the corporation
Provides access to WBEs who have products or services that the corporation is interested in buying as well as an opportunity to compare WBEs and their services.

WBDC does a workshop and offers counseling on how to prepare for a matchmaker meeting, thereby ensuring that the experience is valuable for both parties.

Matchmaker Meeting 2015 dates:

WBE Matchups

This is an opportunity for our members to do business with other members. Every month we will highlight 5 WBE’s who will outline 3 services/products they provide and describe 3 products/services they need. This is an opportunity for marketing, exposure, and business development. The page will be archived and successful matches will be celebrated!



WBENC Events

Offering outstanding events to members including Matchmaker events, seminars, workshops, mentoring, corporate close-up and more.