Beyond the WBENC Certification, our WBENC Member Journey

In a world where diversity and inclusion are increasingly recognized as critical components of success, organizations are turning to avenues that not only embrace these values but also actively promote them. One such avenue is membership in the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a prestigious organization dedicated to supporting women-owned businesses and fostering a diverse and inclusive business environment. As proud members of WBENC, we’ve experienced firsthand the transformative power of this community and look forward to participating in the annual WBENC National Conference this week. 

Empowerment through Certification

For many women entrepreneurs, obtaining certification through WBENC represents a significant milestone though a hefty investment as a startup. It’s not just about the validation of their business; it’s a testament to their hard work, resilience, and capability. WBENC certification opens doors to a wide array of opportunities, including access to corporate and government contracts, networking events, educational resources, and mentorship programs. Obtaining certification through WBENC is a rigorous process that requires a significant time and financial commitment, especially as we relied on our attorneys for paperwork. However, we fully leverage our certification to access a multitude of opportunities and maximize its benefits.

Addie Gundry in WBENC Congress

Access to Opportunities

One of the most remarkable aspects of being a WBENC member is the access to a vast network of corporations committed to supplier diversity initiatives. These corporations actively seek out opportunities to work with women-owned businesses, recognizing the value they bring to the table. Through WBENC, members gain visibility and credibility, positioning themselves for partnerships and collaborations that may have otherwise been out of reach.

Collaboration and Support

Being part of the WBENC community means never having to navigate the business world alone. It’s a network of like-minded individuals and organizations willing to share insights, offer support, and collaborate for mutual success. Whether it’s through regional meetings, industry-specific forums, or virtual communities, WBENC fosters an environment of collaboration rather than competition.

Advocacy and Representation

As a WBENC member, we take pride in being part of an organization that advocates for the interests of women-owned businesses on a national scale. Through legislative advocacy, public policy initiatives, and strategic partnerships, WBENC works tirelessly to ensure that women entrepreneurs have a voice in shaping policies and practices that affect their businesses.

WBENC Certification

Continuous Learning and Growth

WBENC is not just about achieving certification; it’s also about continuous learning and growth. The organization offers a plethora of resources, ranging from educational webinars and workshops to leadership development programs and industry insights. As a member, I’ve had the opportunity to enhance my skills, expand my knowledge, and stay updated on the latest trends and best practices.

Conclusion

Being a WBENC member isn’t just about business; it’s about empowerment, opportunity, and community. It’s about breaking barriers, shattering stereotypes, and paving the way for future generations of women entrepreneurs. As we reflect on our journey as a WBENC affiliated business , I am filled with gratitude for the support, inspiration, and camaraderie that this remarkable organization has provided. Together, we are not just building businesses; we are building a more inclusive and equitable future for all.