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First, Determine Why Your Company Should Get WBE Certified:

  • Women business owners say that being WBE Certified is important to them because it adds credibility to their company, as well as being part of their business development strategy.
  • Getting WBE certified means that a business is owned by a woman, and it is required if you wish to participate in programs which require utilization and tracking of woman-owned businesses.
  • 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.
  • Most publicly held corporations, as well as larger private corporations, track and/or have programs for doing business with women business owners that are WBE certified.
  • Also, most local, state, and federal government purchasing agencies track and have programs for doing business with women-owned vendor companies. They, too, rely on woman-owned companies being WBE Certified.


Second, Know the Criteria Before Applying to be WBE Certified:

  • A woman or multiple women must own and control at least 51.0% of the business
  • The woman owner must serve as President or CEO (if both positions exist)
  • She must be active in daily management
  • She owner must be a U.S. citizen
  • The woman owner must have the ownership and officer position for at least 6 months


Third, Know Where to Get WBE Certified:

  • The National Women's Business Owner Corporation (NWBOC) is the first third-party WBE certifier in the nation. Or anywhere else, for that matter. Begun in the 1980s as a project by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), NWBOC is now run by a former NAWBO national president, Janet Harris-Lange, and it functions as a totally separate entity. Click here for our homepage.
  • As an alternative, your state may also offer a program for women business owners to become WBE certified. Check with your Department of Economic Development, or Office of Equal Opportunity. Becoming WBE Certified with your state may be your best solution, if you are mostly interested in doing business with the state program.


Fourth, Understand that Getting WBE Certified is a Process:
Trust NWBOC to administer the process in a fair, equitable, and thorough manner. How? Through experience, training, and trust. Many women owners, corporations, and government entities rely on NWBOC WBE certification process, which they have fully vetted over the years. The process is detailed elsewhere in this site, but this is how it works for getting WBE Certified:

  1. Meet the criteria.
  2. Fill out the application and send to NWBOC, where it will be reviewed by the Review Committee.
  3. The NWBOC trained site visitor with come to your place of business and interview you.
  4. Then you will receive notice of your success of if your company is not successful, NWBOC will be clear in telling you why.


Q and A: Is my company too large or too small to become WBE Certified?
NWBOC does not certify how big the company is, just that the company is woman-owned and controlled.