We do the research so you can be assured that you are truly supporting a Women Owned business.

Certification verifies a business is at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by a woman or women.

why certification matters

Our mission is pretty clear: build a movement of support for Women Owned businesses.

But what’s not so clear? Finding out exactly which businesses and products are in fact owned by women. That’s where certification comes in!

While there are many wonderful women-owned businesses that are not certified but would likely qualify (to whom we say: join us!), unfortunately there are also businesses that present themselves as women-owned, managed and operated, and may not be.

To become a certified Women Owned business by WBENC in the U.S. and WEConnect International, businesses must undergo a thorough certification process, verifying that the business is at least 51% owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women. This ensures that these businesses are indeed being led by women owners, with at least 51% majority in ownership and investment. That’s why more than 1,000 corporations and many states, cities and government entities rely on WBENC Certification. And it’s why you should too.

When you buy a product with the Women Owned Logo on its packaging, you can feel certain that the money you are spending is directly supporting a certified Women Owned business.

Is your business headquartered in the United States? Learn more about the benefits, eligibility, cost and process to obtain WBENC Certification.
WBENC Certification
Is your business headquartered outside the U.S.? Learn more about the benefits and process to obtain WEConnect Certification.
WEConnect International Certification
Already Certified?

Use the Women Owned Logo

If you are based in the U.S. and certified through WBENC, the Women Owned Logo is available to be downloaded in WBENCLink2.0. If you are certified through WEConnect International, request the logos by emailing logo@weconnectinternational.org

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Get Added to the Women Owned Directory

The Women Owned Business Directory is a voluntary benefit for certified Women Owned businesses with physical products sold to consumers. If you would like to be included, contact us at womenowned@wbenc.org for more details.

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