WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (WBE)
WBE Certification is a nationally recognized and accepted designation for businesses that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women.
WBE status can be used as a marketing tool to source contracts with both national and regional “corporate members” which include corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
WBENC certification as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) is accepted by over 700 national corporations, non-profit organizations and other entities in the U.S. Many are members of WBENC and (WBEA) and others are not but they all recognizes and accept your certification.
Your company is listed on WBENCLink, the national database for WBENC certified WBEs. This database is accessible to both local and national members including corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
Your company has the opportunity to participate in local and national networking events with other WBEs and corporate, non-profit agency and government buyers.
As a certified WBE, your company will have access to a listing of local and national corporate and governmental representatives, purchasing agents and end-users of goods and services. The list contains over 700 corporate members.
As a WBE, your company will have access to a local and national listing of all certified women-owned businesses (WBEs) that are members of WBENC. This list includes over 8,500 women-owned businesses.
WBE members that have been apart of the WBEA for at least a year qualify to apply for an executive scholarship. This program awards scholarships to women business owners and/or their executive staff to attend educational enrichment courses or programs that would enhance their overall effectiveness in their business.
Capacity Building Programs
WBEA helps to build capacity, increase your net worth, and prepare you to do business successfully with WBEs, Primes and large Corporations. For WBEs that generate under 2 million dollars in revenue; and are not yet ready for a large contract; the WBEA offers capacity building programs to help increase WBE to WBE business, teaming and subcontracting opportunities. WBEA also provides a variety of programs to help WBEs move to the next level in their current business and deepen their current contract opportunities.
The WBEAs current capacity building programs are as follows: Kauffman FastTrac Growth Venture & New Venture, SBA Emerging Leaders Institute, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Business Strategic Modeling Program, Geared for Growth Series Workshops and the Women Business Center Entrepreneurs Conference.
Business Skills Enrichment
On-going educational programs and activities designed to build business skills and technical capabilities in a variety of areas including management, marketing, finance, and technology.
Financial Products and Services
As a certified WBE with the WBEA you have access to a wealth of financial knowledge offered by our education sponsors, Donald Terry Jr. and Lawrence Jacobs. Together, they offer over 40 years of experience working with business owners. Donald is a licensed financial planner and investment advisor with Executive Benefit Solutions L.L.C. His practice focuses on executive compensation and retention, business succession and fee based financial planning. Lawrence is a financial advisor and investment advisor with the Principal Financial Group. PFG was founded in 1879 and now has over $450 billion under management and nearly 20 million customers worldwide.Both men share a passion for assisting women achieve their goals of financial security and business prosperity.
Listed below are just some of the discounted and/ or complimentary services offered to you for being a part of this organization.
Association discounts on a suite of income protection products
Business services – informal business valuation, buy-sell agreement review
Benefits review – group medical, dental, vision, life, disability
Retirement plan review – 401(k) benchmarking, fiduciary review
Executive benefits – executive bonus, deferred compensation, key person retention
Business succession planning – exit strategy, estate preservation
Individual policy review – life, disability, long-term care
Income protection – ind. disability, key-person disability, business overhead expense
Investment planning – fee based asset management, brokerage/mutual funds, college
Financial planning – risk management, asset accumulation/distribution, tax minimization
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CORPORATE & GOVERNMENT MEMBERS
Access to Certified Women Suppliers
As a corporate member, you would have access to a national directory of certified WBE's who supply a huge variety of goods and services. This database contains the information of over 8,500 WBE suppliers to help you expand and diversify your current supply chain.
Annual awards presented to recognize corporations and governmental agencies for their efforts in supporting the growth and development of women-owned business.
Supplier Diversity Network
On-going interaction among corporate and governmental agency representatives who are involved in supplier diversity and supply chain management. Exchange valuable information, and expertise.
Offers opportunities for corporations and governmental agencies to assist one another in developing and promoting supplier diversity programs within their organizations.