Are There Other Women-Owned Business Certifications?
The ideal certification for Women-Owned Businesses is the WOSB. It qualifies you on a Federal Government Level, making you eligible to participate in the $25 billion set-asides. However, the Women-Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification can be just as lucrative for your company and be easier to get on.
Women-Business Enterprise (WBE)
Women Business Enterprise Certifications will give you access to contracts at a state, county, city, or municipal level. While not as much money runs through the WBE Certification as its Federal counterpart, the WBE is far easier to qualify for. Qualifications include:
- A for-profit business located in the United States;
- 51% owned by a woman, or a group of women
- The top executive officer, responsible for daily operations, is a woman with technical expertise in the firm’s primary business activity.
These straightforward qualifications can give many Women-Owned businesses a stepping stone to graduate to the WOSB Certification.