There are some states that combine their Woman 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 sub-contractor.|
|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 two year requirements.|
|Franchise Eligibility||Franchises are ineligible for this program|
*Only $1000 when combined with 8a Certification