Registration is open for the NAWBO Certification beta phase. The first 100 women business owners who are ready and eligible to certify their businesses will be accepted into this first phase and all others will be added to an interest list. As part of the beta phase, you will become part of our first cohort of certified women’s business enterprises who will help us fine-tune our program for all future women business owners who will apply for NAWBO Certification.
Give your customers confidence that they’re buying from a legitimate woman-owned business. Becoming certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and/or Minority Women’s Business Enterprise (MWBE) does that, and while the word “certification” often elicits images of piles of paperwork and red tape, that’s not always the case, especially with NAWBO by your side. Through our program, we will walk you step-by-step through the process to certification. Once certified, we’ll continue to guide and educate you on how to harness the power of your certification, and network with businesses to grow your company. Yes, certification takes work and organization to prepare, but the payoff is well worth the effort. The future of certification starts here…let NAWBO help you grow!
“Having just gone through the NAWBO certification process, I would like to give a thumbs-up to NAWBO for having streamlined the process appropriately. NAWBO representatives are available to help you with the document submission every step of the way. NAWBO certification provides validity to me and my business with a strong message that I stand for women empowerment.”
—Nan McKay, Owner, Nan McKay Connects LLC
“The online portal for NAWBO certification was very convenient. The few times I had difficulty, the staff worked with me and quickly and easily answered my questions. It seems overwhelming to start but most of what you need are things we have at hand for business anyhow! Very excited to see what doors open with the certification and excited to partner with other women in this business journey!"
—Tammy Hey, FNP-C, Revive Skin Clinic of Maine
Our goal is to complete the evaluation process within 60 days from the time all required paperwork has been submitted by the company.
Yes, the fee structure for NAWBO Certification is based on membership status, business size and certification type, and is as follows:
i. WBE/MWBE Certification – member – over $1M revenue - $500 fee
ii. WBE/MWBE Certification – non-member – over $1M revenue - $900 fee
iii. WBE/MWBE Certification – member – under $1M revenue - $350 fee
iv. WBE/MWBE Certification – non-member – under $1M revenue - $750 fee
NOTE: Applicants will have 3 business days following their date of registration to cancel their registration and receive a full refund; after the 3 business days, they will be subject to a nonrefundable application fee of $150. Also, note that that this one application fee applies to multiple businesses owned and operated by the same woman business owner.
July 2022 is the current plan for launch of NAWBO Certification
WBE/MWBE Certification Requirements:
• At least 51% unconditionally and directly owned by women who are U.S. citizens
• The woman must manage the day-to-day operations
• The woman must make the long-term decisions for the business
• The woman must hold the highest officer position in the company
• This woman must work at business full-time during normal working hours
• The business must be operational for 2 years or more
We will have examiners complete the review of required paperwork, interviews, and site review (virtually). Once completed and the WBE/MWBE qualifies and meets the requirements, the candidate is approved and a certificate will be issued.
Interviews will be conducted virtually on camera.
NAWBO certification will be a national certification.
NAWBO certification exceeds the integrity and verification of the WBE and/or MWBE requirements as stated by the SBA. We expect any corporation that has a diversity program will accept NAWBO's certification, and are excited to go through the process they have put in place in order for that to happen. We are working on a list of strategic partners who will support and provide education for our certification program. If a corporation needs NAWBO's standards for verification, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are not currently a 3rd party certifier for the SBA. We look to add this to our program offering by 2023.
Yes, the NAWBO certification program will be a part of the National Women's Business Conference and include a matchmaking opportunity dedicated to women who are certified.
Yes, any company who wants to sell their service or products to large corporations would benefit from this certification.
We will have exclusive training programs and events for those who are certified under NAWBO's certification program. As a NAWBO member not certified through our certification program, you will have continued access to member benefits and training, which may include certification-related topics.
Yes, NAWBO's focus is to assist certified businesses in leveraging and utilizing their certification in order to grow their business. We will be rolling out several programs within the next year to support our certified business women.
Yes, WBE/MWBE participants are required to recertify each year to verify no changes have occurred affecting the certification of the business.