City Hosts Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Workshop

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The City of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a luncheon workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, for women business owners seeking to increase their opportunities to bid on corporate and government contracts. 

Participants will learn about the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification, one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications for women-owned businesses. This event is hosted in partnership with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s African American Business Development Program. 

The workshop will be facilitated by Debbie Barber of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South), a nonprofit organization that represents corporate members and women’s business enterprises throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle. 

During the luncheon, participants will receive a brief overview of WBEC South, the criteria for and benefits of WBENC certification and information about the application process. To be eligible for certification, a business must be 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens. 

Accepted by more than 1,000 corporations  including several local firms, as well as federal, state and local governments including the City of Chattanooga; WBENC certification is an important marketing tool for expanding a company's visibility among decision makers in corporate supply chain diversity and procurement programs. WBENC is also an approved Third Party Certifier for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting program. 

Reservations are required, as seating is very limited. For location, additional information and to RSVP, contact oma@chattanooga.gov


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