A Quick Guide to Women-Owned Business Certifications
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Federal, State, and Local Government agencies have created programs that give women-owned businesses a better chance at receiving grants/loans, winning contracts, and qualifying for set-asides.
These programs give your company the status of being “Women-Owned Small Business Certified.” Not only does this help you succeed in Government areas, but it will also help you increase yearly revenue, be seen by more consumers, and expand your company for the future.
This article will dissect the different types of Women-Owned Business Certifications at the Federal and State levels and how they help your entity.
Women owning small businesses that are willing to research and complete the lengthy certification process may do so independently. You can file for a Federal Women-Owned Business status through the SBA and a State Women-Owned Business status through WBENC and hope everything was completed correctly.
Both Federal and State Certifications require an incredible amount of information to and it all must be flawlessly collected. However, if you submit your certification applications with errors, you may have to restart the registration process entirely under even more complicated guidelines.
That’s where GSE can help your business flourish.
GSE has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients in receiving WOSB, EDWOSB, WBE, and MWBE Certifications.
Our mission at Government Services Exchange is to take our clients to the next level of business success by exchanging ideas, guiding and navigating them through the world of government contracting, and teaming up on long-term plans.
Our specialized consultants will work with you to steer through the complicated process of becoming a certified Women-Owned Small Business at the Federal or State level.
Getting your organization certified can bring your business growth, revenue, exposure, and access to contract dollars specific to Women-Owned Businesses.
Both Federal and State certified women-owned businesses gain access to:
Federal Certifications like the WOSB and EDWOSB offer the most lucrative opportunities for business owners. However, specific qualifications make these certifications tough to receive for some companies.
That’s where State Certifications such as WBE and MWBE can be perfect for growing businesses. Check out the different options available to Women-Owned Businesses looking to get certified.
Qualifications of all Women-Owned Business Certifications are very similar; however, as mentioned before, the State level certifications are far easier to obtain. The qualifications for each are below.
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)
Meet all the requirements of the WOSB Federal Contracting program
Women-Business Enterprise (WBE)
Minority Women-Business Enterprise (MWBE)