Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification is the most widely recognized and respected national certification in the U.S. for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). Being certified as a woman-owned diverse supplier can open up opportunities previously inaccessible to your business.

With the vast majority of Fortune 1000 corporations in the U.S. requiring WBENC certification before granting woman-owned businesses access to their supplier diversity programs, being certified brings your business to corporate America’s attention.

WBENC certification is an essential marketing tool for expanding your company’s visibility and access to decision makers in supplier diversity and procurement offices. WBEC ORV, as a regional partner organization, facilitates the certification process. Once you’re certified, WBEC ORV offers an array of engagement opportunities to ensure that your business reaps the benefits

WBENC Network

The map below indicates the regions served by WBENC’s 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs). WBEC ORV supports our members in taking full advantage of their WBENC certification and encourages engagement across RPOs in the various markets where you do business.


Center for Women & Enterprise

Territory: N. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Great Lakes Women’s Business Council

Territory: Indiana, Michigan

Greater Women’s Business Council

Territory: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

Women’s Business Development Center-Midwest

Territory: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North & South Dakota, Wisconsin

Women’s Business Development Council of Florida

Territory: Florida, with the exception of the Panhandle, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

Women’s Business Council-Southwest

Territory: Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, North Texas

Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance

Territory: South Texas

Women’s Business Enterprise Center East

Territory: Delaware, South New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Women’s Business Enterprise Council-Pacific

Territory: Alaska, Northern California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

Women’s Business Enterprise Council South

Territory: Alabama, Florida Panhandle, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee

Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West

Territory: Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Guam

Women Presidents’ Educational Organization-DC

Territory: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia

Women Presidents’ Educational Organization-NY

Territory: South Connecticut, North New Jersey, New York State


Women Owned is an initiative from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and WEConnect International to create a movement of support for Women Owned businesses. Across the globe, Women Owned businesses supply an incredible range of products and services. The Women Owned Logo enables consumers to identify those products and services supplied by Women Owned businesses during their shopping experience, whether online or in-stores. Any storefronts, websites and product labels bearing the Women Owned Logo have been certified as at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women by WBENC in the United States and WEConnect International globally.


WBENCLink 2.0 is a fully digitized certification tool and database connecting women-owned businesses and corporate and government members across the country. Once you’re certified, you have access to not only over 1,000 WBEs and nearly 50 corporate members in our region, but also over 16,000 WBEs and 350 corporate members across the county. We highly encourage all corporate and WBEs to attend a WBENCLink 2.0 online training offered monthly through WBENC. Click here to register, spaces are limited and fill quickly.