Why Choose Women Owned?

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“Federal, state, and local governments and agencies across the country are looking for women-owned companies to meet their purchasing needs. Laws enacted over the past 45 years require government departments and agencies to ensure a certain percentage of their purchasing contracts go to women-owned businesses. In addition, hundreds of national corporations are diversifying their supplier base by doing business with women-owned companies.”  -The Benefits of WBE Certfication, Entrepreneur Magazine

To qualify for certification as a “women’s business enterprise,” (WBE) at least 51% of a company must be owned by a woman (or multiple women), and a woman (or several women) must manage and control business operations, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Women’s Business Research (CWBR). The center’s website (www.womensbusinessresearch.org) notes that “Certification assures corporations and prime contractors that a company has been validated by a third party as being woman-owned and operated.”

In January of 2013 the National Defense Authorization Act was enacted and changes to the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program were made. According to www.sba.gov “The new law removes these thresholds for WOSBs and EDWOSBs allowing them greater access to federal contracting opportunities without limitations or restrictions to the value of a contract.”