Women's Business Enterprise Certification

    National Certification as a Women's Business Enterprise
    The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) provides the most widely recognized and respected certification in the United States for women's business enterprises (WBE). Through the Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ (WBEC) a partner organization of WBENC, 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 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, 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 Once your completed application has been submitted online, you will receive electronic notification from the WBENC website, instructing you where to mail your supporting documentation and non-refundable processing fee. 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 mail all of the listed required documents along with a non-refundable processing fee payable to "WBEC". Use the scale below to determine your application fee. Effective January 1, 2008 the application fee for Certification and Recertification is determined by your company's annual gross revenue.

    Under 1 Million - $350
    1 Million to 5 Million - $500
    5 Million to 10 Million - $750
    10 Million to 50 Million - $1000
    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 and mailed in to the Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ 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.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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