WBE Certification Criteria

All applicants seeking Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification need to meet the following criteria:

1. Ownership:

The business applying for WBE Certification must be at least 51% owned by a woman or women

2. Contribution:

Female owner(s) must be able to provide proof of contribution of capital and/or expertise

3. Operation and Control:

Female owner(s) must provide proof of management of the business

  • Operating position
  • Bylaws
  • Hire-fire
  • Other decision making roles

4. Independence:

Female owner(s) must be able to provide evidence that she has the ability to perform in the area of specialty or expertise without the reliance on either the finances or resources of a non-female owned firm

5. US Citizenship or US Resident Alien Status

6. Read more about WBENC's Standards and Procedures


Have questions about WBE Certification criteria? Email certification@wbdc.org.


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