There are some states that combine their Women-Owned Businesses Programs with their Minority Business Enterprise. These programs are often called the DBE or WMBE program. This is not to be confused with the Department of Transportations (DOT)-run Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program.
The WBE Certification typically gives a business additional preference when bidding on a State or Local Municipality Contract. The WBE for contracts in some states can provide as much as a 10 -25% advantage when bidding on a contract.
|Ownership & Control||At least 51% of the enterprise must be owned and controlled by a woman.|
|Qualifying Owner’s Personal Net Worth Limit||Net worth requirements vary depending upon each state.|
|Size Standards||Vary State by State but generally must be a small business (see below)|
|Type of Business||Any for-profit business that is independent working as either a primary or subcontractor.|
|Type of Contract||Per contract basis, varying degree of advantage given|
|Who can apply||Woman|
|On-site Inspection||Required for most in-state located firms|
|Years in business required to apply||Many states the business must only be active, other states have one and 2-year requirements.|
|Franchise Eligibility||Franchises are ineligible for this program|
*Only $1000 when combined with 8(a) Certification