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Certification Questions

The process can take up to 90 days once we receive a complete file. In that time frame, your file will be reviewed by our Staff and the Certification Committee. Unless Committee requires an in-person Site Visit, a Virtual Site Visit will be conducted. The 90-day time frame begins from the date all documentation has been submitted and accepted as correct by our team. Incomplete applications can delay the certification process. To avoid lapses in certification, certified WBEs are auto-alerted by WBENC Link 2.0 120 days before their certification expires to complete their recertification application.

The certification lasts for one year from the date of issue. WBEs that wish to remain certified must recertify each year. WBEs are encouraged to begin the recertification process 120 days prior to the expiration date.

WBENC provides the most widely recognized and respected certification in the United States for WBEs. Through WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV, a partner organization of WBENC, your business can apply for a certification that is accepted by over 800 major corporations, non-profit organizations, as well as many local, state and Federal government agencies. This certification is an important marketing tool for expanding your company’s visibility among and access to decision makers in supplier diversity and procurement offices. Many corporations require that you be WBENC certified before providing access to their supplier diversity programs. WBENC certified WBEs also gain access to over 11,000 other WBENC-certified WBEs in order to purchase products or services and partner on joint venture opportunities.

Payments can be made by credit card when submitting the application on WBENCLink or via check or money order payable to WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV and mailed to the appropriate office. All new certification and recertification applications have a nonrefundable processing fee based on the company’s revenue according to the most recent available tax return or financial statements:

 Revenue Category   Nonrefundable Processing Fee 
Under $1 million $350
$1 M < $5 M $500
$5 M < $10 M $750
$10 M < $50 M $1,000
$50M+ $1,250
There are no requirements regarding business size or length of time in business.
The Certification Committee makes the initial decision that grants or denies certification. If an applicant is denied, it has the option to go through the appeals process.

Documentation Questions

Financial documents provide evidence that the applicant is conducting the business as described in the application. Documents such as the balance sheet and tax returns are used collectively to verify ownership, management and control by women. Please note that the certification process does not evaluate the company’s profitability or financial viability.

All documentation must be uploaded in WBENCLink 2.0. The document list is divided into two (2) sections: Mandatory Documents and Required Documents. If a document is listed as “Mandatory”, you must upload the actual document. The only exception to this is for the W2 and/or 1099 requirement if you have been in business less than one year. Documents listed as “Required” that apply to the company must be uploaded or the Not Applicable box must be checked.

Acceptable documents to verify citizenship include a birth certificate or passport. We accept driver’s licenses as proof of gender. Please note, the female owner must either be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident, which can be verified by providing a copy of a green card.
WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV has Certification Review Committees who have been trained in WBENC’s Standards & Procedures. Upon signing a Confidentiality Agreement, committee members without conflicts of interest can review the information and vote on each applicant’s qualifications for certification.
WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV takes your privacy and the confidentiality of your information very seriously. All submitted documents are treated with the utmost confidentiality. All files are stored in the cloud on WBENC Link 2.0. Only WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV staff members have access to these files. During the Certification Review Committee meetings, the file is presented and reviewed by the committee. Any member(s) in a competitive industry cannot have access to the file, nor are they present during the discussion of your application. Additionally, staff and committee members sign Confidentiality Disclosure statements agreeing to keep all information confidential and proprietary with the understanding that any disclosure could cause harm to the applicant.

Other Questions

To obtain your WBENC Women’s Business Enteprise (WBE) Certificate, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to
  2. Log into your account with your username and password.
  3. On the left navigation menu, click View>>My Certifications.
  4. Under the “Current Certifications” section, click on “View” next to the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification.
  5. Click “View as PDF) at the bottom of the page under the “Letters & Certificates” section.
Once the Documentation Review is completed and an initial recommendation has been made, a Virtual Site Visit is conducted with women owner(s) that make up at least 51% of the overall business ownership. Virtual Site Visits are mandatory for 100% of new applications. After the initial site visit, follow-up site visits are conducted on the third recertification application. However, site visits can be requested by the Certification Committee at any time.

Log in to your WBENCLink profile at Select “Media and Brand Guidelines” under the Certification Center on your homepage dashboard.

There are many ways to get involved, including sponsorship; Corporate Membership; and participation in the Certification Committee, Steering Committee, Awards Committee and site visits. WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV also encourages all WBEs and WBE advocates to attend WBEC Metro NY and Greater DMV programs held monthly.

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