What is Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification?
WEConnect International corporate members use WEConnect International Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification as a tool to ensure that they are purchasing goods or services from women-owned businesses.
What is the process for certification?
WEConnect International corporate members use WEConnect International Women’s Business Enterprise certification as a tool to ensure that they are purchasing goods or services from women-owned businesses.
What is the cost of certification?
Prices vary based on company revenue/size and location.
Are there size or length-of-time in business requirements to become a certified WBE?
No, but WEConnect International recommends applicants be operating for several years before applying for WBE certification so they are able to leverage the benefits of certification.
Are publicly traded companies eligible for certification?
Yes they are as long as they meet the criteria for ownership, management, control and independence for certification.
What if my company is found ineligible for WBE certification?
If your company is found ineligible for WBE certification, WEConnect International will contact you and outline the reasons why. You will be given 60 days to provide additional documentation for consideration. If inadequate or no documentation is provided within 60 days, your company is eligible to reapply for certification after one year.
Does my company have to meet all of the business readiness criteria in order to become certified?
Business readiness is used as a tool to help you determine your company’s capacity to do business within a multinational corporation’s supply chain. In addition, WEConnect International can suggest specific training and opportunities based on your company’s business readiness.