Complete the application online. Applications cannot be faxed.
Upon receipt of your non-refundable application fee, your application and supporting documentation are reviewed by the Certification Team for completeness and then reviewed by the Certification Committee. The Certification Committee meets once a month and is composed of volunteer members who have a vested interest in certifying genuine Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs). Upon review by the committee, a site visit is performed and a determination is made to certify or deny the application.
Applicants that do not submit all supporting documentation will experience delays in the certification process.
If certified, you will receive membership information and a certificate in the mail. The entire process takes up to 90 days, depending on the completeness of your application.
A denied application indicates the business does not meet the national requirements of being woman-owned. An appeals process is in place through which denied applicants can exercise their right to be heard in front of the WBCS Appeals Committee. An applicant has 30 days from the date of the receipt of the decision to file an appeal. Following a review by the Appeals Committee, a final decision is made. If the denial is upheld, applicants have a second remedy through the national WBENC appeal process.
Companies from across the United States accept the WBCS nationally recognized WBENC certification. Visit our national organization's (WBENC) website at http://www.wbenc.org to view a listing. WBEs interested in doing business with the State of Texas are now able to apply for the required HUB certification through the WBCS (at no additional cost) along with the national WBE certification we already provide.
The processing fees are based on the revenue amount submitted on your application.
Revenue < $1M - $300
Revenue $1M to $5M - $500
Revenue $5M to $10M - $750
Revenue > $10M - $1,000
This fee covers the cost to be certified and serves as your membership fee in the organization as well.
Many of the nation's private and public corporations and government entities have a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) Goals program. WBE's must meet a standard and be certified as such before contracts with them can be counted towards meeting the program goal. As a "Certified" WBE you have an additional marketing tool to get you in the door for consideration by major corporations throughout the country.
Members are sent a recertification packet 90 days prior to expiration. All recertifications are reviewed annually and recertification is not automatic.
Our certified WBEs are automatic members of the WBCS and entitled to full benefits.
"WBE" is an acronym for Women's Business Enterprise. This is a woman-owned business that is 51 percent or more owned, controlled and operated by women and has received WBENC certification.
"WBENC" is an acronym for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (pronounced "wee bank"). This is the national organization that sets the certification standards and procedures administered by WBCS. Through WBENC, your certification is recognized nationwide.
The WBCS is not a "magic wand" for creating business deals, nor is your certification a guarantee for immediate business. The WBCS does its best to provide you access to corporate procurement decision-makers and facilitate relationship building with procurement representatives. Every event, program and tool that the WBCS provides to you, has the purpose of increasing your procurement opportunities. People do business with people they know, so get involved in Council activities, committees, events and programs. The relationships can begin there and blossom into business deals.
The two organizations are similar in that we both provide national certification programs. However, the WBCS provides memberships and certification to women business owners, and the Minority Council provides its services to ethnic minority-owned businesses. We have numerous WBE members that are also certified through the DFW Minority Supplier Development Council as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).