Get Involved: Grow Your Business

"If you’re a woman who owns a business, you may find the woman-owned certification requirements a bit excessive - and a little overwhelming - at first. If you can get past the initial shock, you may see the benefits of certification outweigh the work required to complete certification. Some of the many valuable benefits of this certification include increased visibility and access to the Fortune 500 business world. But you have to get involved and network" -Patricia Rodriguez Christian

Forbes: Women Entrepreneurs, Get Certified As A Woman-Owned Business

Certifying your business as woman-owned is worth doing because it could potentially land more business opportunities and government contracts.The U.S. government intentionally looks for women-owned business to award specially-designated government contracts.To be certified, the company must be at least 51 percent owned by one or more women, who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal resident; and one or more women must control management and daily business operations. Certification is a valuable marketing tool for expanding a company's visibility among decision makers in corporate supply chain

Expand Your Visibility with WBCS Membership

"WBCS provides the best networking opportunities for WBEs to connect with corporations, as well as WBE to WBE. Over the course of our 20-year membership, I can easily say that close to 82% of our growth has come from these connections." Kim Sissen is President of CFJ Manufacturing, LP, which has been a certified WBE and WBCS member since 1997. She is currently involved in the Toyota Mentorship Program and shares how WBCS networking opportunities has helped her business grow. Tell us a little about your story and how you came to work for CFJ? I started my formal internship with CFJ

Case Study: The Benefits of Multiple Certifications

"Businesses owned by women of color have the hardest time of all business owners in building a network for doing business. Getting both certifications (WBE and MBE) provides you a head start in building a viable network to grow and improve your business. Why not do both? You will be glad you did!" Terri Quinton, Chief Executive Officer of Q2 Marketing Group and Alliance of Diversity Printers, LLC , has been a member of WBCS since 2010. She currently serves on our Board of Directors and is a co-chair for the annual Women of Color outreach event. Being active in both WBCS and the DFW Minority

Collaborating and Creating Value through WBE Certification

"The best reason for another WBE to get certified is all the possibilities to grow & develop their business through collaboration & new channels of business opportunities either with other WBEs or Sustaining Members." Melinda Zito O'Brien is the CEO & Chief Energy Strategist of Energy Utility Group (EUG). In her 4 years as a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Melinda has effectively utilized the Women's Business Council- Southwest network to create new business opportunities for EUG and value for her clients. Melinda currently serves on the 2017 Austin Committee. Read the full case