Canada
August 25, 2016

CERTIFICATION AS A WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS: A STEPPING STONE FOR INTERNATIONALIZATION

(August 25, 2016) Business Women in International Trade (BWIT), a program of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) which supports Canadian women entrepreneurs as they pursue opportunities in international markets, recently contributed a blog post to the Canada Business Network website. The blog emphasizes that “certification enables women-owned businesses that are export ready to benefit from direct access to supplier diversity and procurement executives at hundreds of multinational corporations.”

The exclusive partner of WBENC in Canada, WEConnect International has been active in the country since the beginning of 2008 working with strategic partners, government agencies, corporate members and outstanding women business owners across the country. Our Seal of Certification is a formal guarantee to multinational corporations that they are purchasing goods and/or services from women owned business that meet universal standards for women’s business enterprises (WBEs).

Certified WEConnect International WBEs are given access to a worldwide network of some 6,000 women business owners and corporate buyers. They are also given the option to use the “Women Owned” logo, which can be found in U.S. Walmart stores. Toronto-based, certified WBE TeachMy currently supplies to Walmart and uses Women Owned on packaging.

We currently have more than 70 corporate members ready to do business with women-owned businesses. Among the 17 highlighted in the blog post, 11 are affiliated with WEConnect International:

  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • HP
  • Merck
  • Sodexo
  • Ernst & Young (EY)
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Walmart
  • ExxonMobil
  • MasterCard
  • Procter & Gamble

 

Read the blog.

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