Get Certified To Access Opportunities

Are you already certified?
In the process of applying for certification?
A champion of certification?
Have heard about it and don’t really know what it means?

Read on to learn more…

I have been promoting national certification for women owned businesses for about 18 years because I sincerely believe that it is a tool that helps women access opportunities and contracts.  I am one of 14 regional partners of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest 3rd party certification organization for women business enterprise certification.

If you are in the latter group (heard about it and don’t really know what it means), go here to learn about certification for women owned businesses:  www.wbenc.org

Here are 5 reasons you should get WBENC certified:

  1. Corporations and the US Federal Government are committed to promoting access to business and contracting opportunities for women owned businesses.  Third party certification provides the proof that your business is majority owned, operated, managed and independently controlled by women.
  2. Join a national network of over 13,000 women owned businesses and have access to them through the national database.
  3. Find resources for business development http://www.wbenc.org/resources-1/
  4. Build relationships with key decision makers http://www.wbenc.org/corporate-membership-overview/
  5. Participate in national, local and regional matchmaker meetings that will insure that you can optimize relationship building and stay ahead of opportunities.

If you are in the first category and already certified, then congratulations (!) and we want to know how you are using your certification.  We have a hashtag group #BecauseI’mCertified where you can view some great videos about how women have used their certification to grow their businesses.

Here’s what Sharon Reynolds of DevMar had to say after her recent matchmaker meetings at the Go for the Greens Conference for Business Women www.goforthegreens.org

Nancy Allen

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G. Nancy Allen is an international speaker, coach, consultant and expert on women’s business issues. Nancy has over 30 years of experience helping small business owners at all stages of growth. As President and CEO of WBDC Florida/Her Company Incorporated, Nancy manages and leads an incredible team of staff, sponsors, partners and women business leaders who are dedicated to certifying, connecting and championing women in business. Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards: -Nancy was recently honored by the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) as one of South Florida’s 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans. She is especially proud of this award because it highlights her heritage as well as her professional accomplishments. -Nancy is the recipient of the World Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress -Nancy is also the proud recipient of the Association Marketing Award from Women in ECommerce. -Most recently Nancy was named Honorary Ambassador of Cascais, Portugal by the Ambassador’s Club of the Industry Sector of Cascais and the Estoril Coast. Nancy’s personal motto is Connections, Creativity and Courage in all endeavors. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, 1982). She was born in Haiti and raised in South Florida. Nancy is bi-lingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish and Creole.

Certified WBENC