WBE Certification

WBE Certification

What is a WBE Certification?
WBE stands for "Woman Business Enterprise." If a WBE is 51% or more "owned, controlled, and operated by" a woman, then you can qualify for what is called a WBE certification. WBE certifications certify that your company is indeed majority owned by a woman.
Why would you want to obtain a WBE certification?
Government agencies and large corporations who receive government money are required to award a certain percentage of their contracts/projects to woman-owned businesses. So by obtaining a WBE certification, you greatly increase your chances of working with these clients. The way they know they are dealing with a woman owned business is through ensuring you have one of the particular certifications.
There are four different levels of WBE certifications:
  1. Local WBE Certifications – These can be obtained by a local government certifying office such as a city. You would want to obtain a local certification if you want to increase your chances of getting business from that particular local agency (such as the city in which your business is located).
  2. State WBE Certifications – These can be obtained in most states through a state certifying office. You would want this type of certification if you want to increase your chances of getting business from one or more state government agencies.
  3. Federal WBE Certifications – These are self-certifying, and allow you to sell to the U.S. federal government.
  4. National WBE Certifications – This is the type of certification you would consider if you want to have large corporations as clients. Some large corporations will accept either a National Certification or a State Certification, so check with the corporations with which you want to do business before you decide to obtain a National Certification.
Although there are numerous agencies who support certifications, below are a few key organizations for your consideration in the Michiana area: 
State of Indiana:
WBE Certification for the State of Indiana: Indiana Department of Administration
DBE Certification for the State of Indiana: Indiana Department of Transportation
State of Michigan or Indiana:
WBENC Certification: Women's Business Enterprise Council - Great Lakes
National:
WBE Certification: National Women Business Owners Corporation
Contact: 1-800-675-5066
Website: www.nwboc.org 
Federal:
SBA Certifications - Indiana Representative in the State of Indiana
Website: www.sba.gov
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