A Woman-owned business enterprise (commonly nicknamed WBE), is a business that is at least 51% owned and operated by a single or group of female citizens. WBEs are usually certified by third party organizations including Federal agencies, State governments, and national certifying entities approved by either the public or private sector. Please keep in mind that not every woman owned business is also a small business and vice versa.
There are multiple nationally recognized certifying agencies that offer the service of confirming and authenticating woman-owned businesses including:
- Women Business Enterprise National Council- http://www.wbenc.org
- U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce – https://uswcc.org
- Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program – https://www.sba.gov/contracting/government-contracting-programs/women-owned-small-businesses
- National Women’s Business Council – https://www.nwbc.gov/