Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.

WBENC is dedicated to advancing the success of Corporate Members, certified women’s business enterprises (WBEs) and government entities, in partnership with its Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs).

WBENC Certification

WBENC provides and manages the development, enforcement and implementation of its world-class of certification, which is nationally accepted by thousands of major corporations and a select group of government entities. WBENC certification is a rigorous, multi-faceted business application and review process that is conducted by a trained Certification Review Committee to ensure that women -owned businesses applying for certification are 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or group of women. This stipulation is a requirement on which WBENC was founded as a key service to Corporate Members interested in doing business with women-owned businesses.


WBENC provides a broad range of resources to Corporate Members and WBEs. For Corporate Members, WBENC offers a series of nationally provided training and tools to advance the Corporate Members’ ability to grow Supplier Diversity programs, best practices, trends in Supplier Diversity and professional development.

WBENC-Certified WBEs are offered a series of nationally provided training, including graduate level Executive Education programs, and tools to help grow their ability to better operate their business, grow their capacity to meet corporate needs and better understand how to compete in a diverse procurement environment.

WBENC also conducts a number of research studies on topics and trends that support the growth and improvement of both groups.

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Read more about WBENC Certification.

For specific questions regarding certification or for WBENCLink technical issues, please email support@wbenc.org.

Contact WBENC.

1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-872-5515
Fax: 202-872-5505

WBENC Regional Partner Organizations and Territories

WBENC has 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) authorized to administer WBENC’s world-class certification across the United States. WBENC also provides Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification for the SBA WOSB Federal Contracting Program.

Read more about WBENC Regional Partner Organizations.

View the WBENC Regional Partner Organizational Map.


Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West

Serving the following US Territories: Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Guam

Pamela S. Williamson, Ph.D.
President & CEO

Maria Hicks
Lead Program Manager

1955 N. Val Vista Drive, Suite 103
Mesa, AZ 85213
tel: (480) 969-9232 X4
fax: (480) 969-2717

Read more about WBEC- West.

LBA/LBA-Institute Supplier Diversity Boot Camp Training Program

The Latin Business Association, in collaboration with its sister-organization the Latin Business Association Institute proudly present the LBA/LBA-Institute Supplier Diversity Boot Camp Training Program, a comprehensive, seven-week course designed to provide business owners the knowledge and tools they need to become certified, qualified for and able to successfully obtain diverse contract opportunities!

Read full details about the upcoming 2014 LBA/LBA-Institute Supplier Diversity Boot Camp Training Program- Los Angeles Series– with Saturday classes running May 31st thru July 19th!