December 08, 2015

Corporate buyers want to do business with companies that are owned, managed and controlled by women verified with WEConnect International. Scale up your business with Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification!

 

•  Are you a WBENC-certified business located in the United States? 
   Find out more about WEConnect International certification for U.S.-based businesses.

•  Certification not available in your country, yet? 
   Find out more about registering your business and joining the WEConnect International Network.

 

Who Qualifies for Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification?

The four criteria considered for WBE certification by WEConnect International are ownership, management, control, and independence. Businesses that meet the criteria are determined to be at least 51% owned, as well as managed and controlled, by one or more women. The WEConnect International Seal of Certification Process is open to businesses in 46 countries. To see if we certify in your country, please see below the list of countries where certification is currently offered.

 

The Benefits of Certification

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A globally recognized verification status to meet the needs of a growing community of national and multinational corporations seeking to increase spend with diverse suppliers.

Pink Bullet

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Full company profile published in our WEConnect International Network—a global database of 9,600+ female suppliers and corporate buyers that is accessible and searchable by WEConnect International corporate members and certified Women’s Business Enterprises.

Turq Bullet

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Virtual and in-person networking opportunities to promote your business to a worldwide network of buyers from 100+ national and multinational corporations eager to buy goods and services from certified Women’s Business Enterprises.

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Opportunities to increase brand visibility to corporate buyers and other stakeholders through in-person and virtual speaking engagements, social media campaigns, product promotion at different events, and other traditional media channels.

Gray Bullet

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Use of the globally recognized Women Owned Logo on consumer-facing products to enhance brand capability and value.

Blue Bullet  

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Access to a global community of women business owners, from 120+ countries, that provide B2B opportunities, insights on international trade, advice, peer support, and possibilities for informal/formal mentorship.

Pink Bullet

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Preferential admission to local and global WEConnect International and partner conferences, matchmaking sessions, and other certified-only events.

Turq Bullet

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Preferential admission to formal mentorship opportunities, in-person training, and capacity-building programs.

Orange Bullet

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Unlimited access to the WEConnect Academy —an online suite of education and training programs to develop the capacity of women business owners to grow and scale. This includes invite-only webinars offered by subject-matter experts and corporate buyers. 


 Get Certified Now!

 

 

Certification Countries Feb2020

 

Certification not available in your country, yet?

Find out more about registering your business and joining the WEConnect International Network.

 

Are you a WBENC-certified business located in the United States?

Find out more about WEConnect International certification for U.S.-based businesses.

 

How to Get Certified

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Frequently Asked Questions about Certification

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. However, WEConnect International recommends applicants be operating for several years before applying for WBE certification so they are able to leverage the certification.

Are publicly traded companies eligible for certification?
Yes, they are. As long as they meet the criteria for Ownership, Management, Control, and Independence, they can become certified.

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 for the determination. 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 re-apply for certification after one year has passed.

Does my company have to meet all of the business readiness criteria in order to become certified?
No. 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. WEConnect International can suggest specific training and opportunities based on your company’s business readiness.

More FAQs here

 

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If you have additional questions, please contact the market lead in your country/region.

 

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