March 2023 – Women In Construction Week Series: Certifications Overview for Women-Owned Small Businesses
As a women-owned business you may qualify for certifications that give you a leg up in the government marketplace and increase your chances of winning more contracts!
The main certifications available to women-owned small businesses are the Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB) certifications through the Small Business Administration (SBA). However, women-owned businesses may qualify for other socio-economic certifications as well. These include Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through Caltrans, and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Supplier Clearinghouse.
In this webinar, Norcal PTAC Procurement Specialist, Nanci Pigeon, will explain how these certifications can be valuable for increasing revenue, and give a basic overview of the qualifications and application processes for each.
California Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) work to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a statewide network of WBCs. These centers help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development, and financing opportunities to over 16,000 women entrepreneurs each year.
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is a non-profit association of women whose core purpose is to enhance the success of women working in all facets of the construction industry by providing education, professional development, and networking opportunities.
Established in 1999, the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) Pacific is a strategic sourcing partner supporting certified, competitive, and established women entrepreneurs. With capacity-building workshops, supplier information sessions, and focused mentoring, WBEC Pacific facilitates procurement opportunities, business networking, and supplier development.
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – San Francisco Bay Area chapter is a powerful and influential organization representing and supporting the needs of more than 117,000 women business owners of the Bay Area. NAWBO-SFBA is the go-to resource for community, education, inspiration, political advocacy, partnerships, and networking for women who want to grow their businesses, be more successful and empower others.
By providing their diverse clients with counsel drawn from more than 20 years’ experience in unique problem solving, Merriwether & Williams is helping to create a new insurance industry paradigm that transforms obstacles into opportunities, enables innovation, opens doors and creates more dynamic relationships between businesses and communities.
The Contractor Technical Assistance Program was implemented by Alameda County to assist small local and diverse contractors to build their capacity by providing technical assistance, training, and help with obtaining and/or increasing their bonding capacity for work on Alameda County contracts. The program is sponsored by the County General Services Agency Office of Acquisition Policy (GSA-OAP) and administered by Merriwether and Williams Insurance Services.