Opening the doors of opportunity

In 2000, the Women’s Business Development Center, the first gender focused women's business development center in the Mid-Atlantic region, expanded its programs and established, along with Fortune 500 corporations, the Women's Business Enterprise Council to certify women-owned businesses and assist corporations in creating and building world class supplier diversity programs.

The Women''s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) is a purchasing council for nationally certified women's business enterprises (WBEs). The Council provides WBENC women business enterprise certification, as well as educational, networking, procurement-related, and informational programs and services that foster growth and business opportunities between WBEs and purchasing entities including major corporations and government agencies.

As a Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) co-founder and one of fourteen regional partner organizations (RPOs), the Council administers WBENC's National Certification Standards and the U.S. Small Business Administration's Women-Owned Small Business certification in Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey. WBEC is also the third party certifier for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.

Currently, the Women's Business Enterprise Council has 1086 WBENC certified women business enterprises with revenues of approximately $7 billion and who employ 28,000.

WBEC 2017 Members
Allegheny County Department of MWDBE, Allied Barton, Aramark, AstraZeneca, Bank of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Capital Region Water, Caesars Entertainment, Campbell Soup Company, Chevron, Citizens Financial Group, City of Philadelphia - Office of Economic Opportunity, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., Commonwealth of PA, Dept of General Services, Bureau of Small Business Opportunities, Communications Test Design, Inc., Delaware River Port Authority, Dollar Bank, DuPont Company, EQT Corporation, Ernst & Young, Exelon Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, FirstEnergy Corporation, Giant Food Stores, LLC, Henkels & McCoy Group, Highmark Health, IBM Global Procurement, Independence Blue Cross, Johnson & Johnson, Lincoln Financial Group, Massimino Building Corporation, PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), parx casino, Pepco Holdings, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., RICOH AMERICAS CORPORATION, School District of Philadelphia, Shell,Skanska USA Building, TD Bank Group, The Day & Zimmermann Group, Inc., The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, The Philadelphia Phillies, The Pittsburgh Pirates, UPMC, UPS, and Verizon.


The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is dedicated to advancing the success of certified women’s business enterprises and corporate members in partnership with its affiliated women’s business organizations.

WBENC’s goal is to foster diversity in the world of commerce. Its programs and policies are designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier diversity programs.

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