WBENC'world-class certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entitiess. WBENC is also an approved Third Party Certifier for the United State Small Business Administration (SBA) Woman-Oned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program.
MWBE certification is administered by Empire State Development's Division of Minority and Women's Business Development. The mission of DMWBD is to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in State contracts.
The SBA's WOSB Federal Contract Prpgram provides greater access to federal contracting opportunities for WOSBs and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). The Program a;;ows contracting officers, for the first time, to set aside specific contracts for certified WOSBs and EDWOSBs and will help federal agencies achieve the xisiting statutory goal of five percent of federal contracting dollars being awarded to WOSBs.
Companies that become certified obtain greater access to and information about contracting opportunities, receive technical assistance to better compete for those opportunities, and benfit from inclusion in the City's Online Directory of Certified Firms.