If your small business is 51% owned and operated by a woman or minority, it could be worth your while to investigate business certification program. The purpose of these programs is to give small, disadvantaged businesses and women-owned businesses a more level playing field in competing with larger firms.
There is not a single all-encompassing business certification program for minority- or women-owned businesses. Certification is only required if your business intends to sell products and/or services to a government agency or private corporation that requires certification as part of their contracting process. In either case, certification can be a plus. There are 8 different certifications available and vary based on federal, state and local regulations. After determining your target market, be sure to check with these businesses to be certain which certification they accept.
Below is a list of certification agencies and their qualifications.
Workshops on certification are available at the Business Assistance Center:
Certification Orientation The first Tuesday of each month. Learn about the types of certifications available. Call 817-871-6025 for more information.
Women’s Business Council - Southwest 2201 N Collins St. Ste 158 Arlington, TX 76011