About WBEC ORV

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. Major corporations and government agencies utilize the WBENC organization as a clearinghouse for women suppliers seeking procurement opportunities. Women's Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley (WBEC ORV) provides WBENC certification to women owned companies in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. WBEC ORV is one of 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) authorized to administer this world-class certification across the United States.

While certifying women owned businesses is the foundation of our mission, WBEC ORV also offers development opportunities to scale businesses to compete in the marketplace, connections with corporations leading supplier diversity across the country for real time business opportunities, and networking with other WBEs for partnering and purchasing opportunities.

Our Story

WBEC ORV is an organization for women business owners interested in promoting, developing and maintaining business relationships with other women business owners, major corporations and governmental agencies. Our charge is to certify women-owned businesses and to promote the activities directed at the development, expansion and encouragement of businesses owned by women. The organization was established as Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council (ORV~WBC) in March 2009 and has now rebranded as Women's Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley (WBEC ORV) to align with the branding of the national WBENC organization.

WBEC ORV is operated by the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio Business Development and Entrepreneurship Department under the authority of WBENC. The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2009, WBEC ORV began with seven corporate members and 348 certified WBEs. Today, there are over 1,000 certified WBEs and nearly 50 corporate members.