We are proud to announce the launch of our signature recognition program, the NWBOC Eclipse Awards. Apply and nominate online between Feb. 3 and March 21, 2014. This is your chance to get in on the inaugural year of a new, national awards program!
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. In addition, awards will also be given to corporations and government entities who exhibit excellence in supplier diversity best practices for women-owned businesses, and for being an exceptional contractor with which to work. There are 7 awards for women business owners, and 4 awards for corporate or government employees and their organizations. For the list of awards, criteria, and details, visit the Eclipse Awards webpage.
Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards will be announced and presented at the Awards Gala on Thursday, May 8, at the Decades of Excellence II Conference. Location is the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Full conference dates are May 7-9, 2014.
NWBOC now 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.
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.
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