Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ceritficaton for Veteran Women-Owned Businesses

NWBOC announces the establishment of two new business certifications specifically for veteran-owned and veteran woman-owned businesses

The National Women's Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) has added two new business certifications specifically for companies owned by United States military service veterans. The Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) and Veteran Woman Business Enterprise (VWBE) certifications were officially launched last fall.

“NWBOC wants to help veteran-owned businesses, that meet established criteria, grow and succeed by providing them with a national certification to give them a competitive edge for securing corporate and government contracts,” said Janet Harris-Lange, NWBOC president.

VBE Certification is not based on gender, race, or company size. Controlling ownership may be by one or more veterans. If the applicant company is owned by a female veteran(s), the company will also receive the VWBE certification at no additional charge.

Why should veteran-owned companies consider certification? Doing so allows them to participate in supplier diversity programs which require tracking of veteran-owned businesses. Having VBE / VWBE Certification is the only way the purchasing agents have confidence that a business representing itself as a veteran business is in fact veteran-owned. Most publicly held corporations, larger private corporations, and nearly all levels of government have supplier diversity programs that include veteran-owned companies. Veteran business owners say that having VBE / VWBE Certification is important to them because it adds credibility to their company, as well as being part of their development strategy for business growth.

(The term veteran as defined by the Department of Veterans Affairs is a person who has served on active duty in the military, naval or air services; and who has been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.)

For more information about NWBOC, or their certification programs, visit, email, or contact Janet Harris-Lange at 1-800-675-5066.

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