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About Getting Certified as a Woman Business Owner with NWBOC
National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation established in 1995. NWBOC's mission was then, and remains, to create an avenue of increased access by providing an avenue where women could get certified as a woman business owner. This allows them to compete for corporate and government contracts. Through implementation of a national woman business owner certification program, NWBOC has helped change the playing field for women-owned businesses.

The development of NWBOC's woman business owner program included cooperation and input from over 700 public and private sector individuals. Where this input led was ultimately to the prototype for WBE certification today. The result of this collaboration is our application, processes, and the NWBOC Standards & Procedures ñ all of which ensures that a woman who gets certified as a woman business owner actually owns and controls her company.

NWBOC was created in response to needs identified by the Procurement Special Interest Group of the National Association of Women Business Owners. The investigation revealed that the public and private sector had not received, nor recognized, the benefits of contracting with women suppliers. At that time, getting certified as a woman business owner did not exist. This situation prevented purchasers from obtaining the best values available, and it also limited every woman business owner from penetrating these markets, which stymied their growth.

Now that You are Certified as a Woman Business Owner ñ Where Can You Use It?
Because of our commitment to fair, in-depth, and expert review of all applications, hundreds of companies and government agencies companies that are certified as having a woman business owner.

Janet Harris-Lange: Where is She Now?
Janet Harris-Lange is the President of the National Women Business Owners Corporation, and she knows all about getting certified as a woman business owner. Numerous awards include the 1993 Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Inc. Magazine and the Gillian Rudd Leadership Award in 1994. Janet is a past national President of the National Association of Women Business Owners; served on the Small Business Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; served as delegate in 1986 and co-chaired the Florida Delegation in 1995 for the White House Conference on Small Business.