NWBOC has noticed a trend, and is leading the way in providing information useful to women business owners. The trend is that large corporations and government entities that have long had supplier diversity programs are now asking if their women owners also have a supplier diversity plan of their own. Read NWBOC's "Diverse Contracting at Women-Owned Companies" article.
We are proud to announce that 2014 was the launch of our signature recognition program, the NWBOC Eclipse Awards. The Eclipse Awards honor women business owners and their companies for excellence in certification utilization, supplier diversity programs and outcomes, company management, leadership, innovation, and mentorship. Awards were given not only to women business owners, but also to corporations and government entities who exhibit excellence in supplier diversity best practices. Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards were announced and presented at the Awards Gala on Thursday, May 8, at the Decades of Excellence II Conference. Watch for our 2015 awards and conference dates to be announced soon!
Obtaining WBE Certification is an important business development strategy for women business owners for two primary reasons:
First, most local and national government purchasing agencies track and/or have programs for doing business with women business owners. Having WBE Certification is the only way the purchasing agents have confidence that a business representing itself as woman-owned is in fact woman-owned. Second, in a similar manner many publicly-held corporations, as well as larger private corporations, also track and have programs for doing business with women-owned vendor companies. They, too, rely on WBE Certification.
NWBOC was established in 1995 for the purpose of increasing competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of a pioneering economic development strategy for women business owners. NWBOC is a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and is the first third-party, national certifier providing WBE Certification.
NWBOC now also provides WOSB and EDWOSB Certifications:
We have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to be a third-party certifier for the new women-owned small business federal contracting program, which will directly benefit many woman-owned companies across the nation. See our informational page.
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