If you are a woman and own a small business: good news! The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) started a program this past February that provides women-owned businesses greater access to federal contracting opportunities.
The catch? Well, no catch really, but your business must have “official” certification as either a small, woman-owned business (referred to as WOSB) or as an economically- disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) in order to participate.
How do you get this certification? The really good news is that it just got easier. The SBA recently named the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a Third Party Certifier for women-owned small businesses wishing to participate in the SBA’s WOSB Federal Contracting Program. WBENC is currently the nation’s leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, and it sets the national standard of certification for women-owned businesses throughout the United States. More than 1,000 corporations accept the WBENCs certification of small businesses that are 51 percent owned, operated and managed by women, and now federal agencies will also recognize the WBENC’s WOSB certification.
TECHEAD has proudly held the nationally recognized WBENC certification Woman-Owned Business Certification since 2005. We invite all women-owned small businesses to join us in obtaining this important certification. Let’s hear it for the girls and keep moving women towards greater prosperity!
For more information about WBENC, its Women-Owned Small Business Government Certification (WOSBGC) Program or the SBA’s new program to benefit small women business owners, please consult the WBENC website at: www.wbenc.org.