Any woman-owned small business is eligible to apply for certification. The business must be at least 51% owned and controlled on a day-to-day basis by one or more women. To verify the ownership of women-owned businesses across the nation, certification is the acceptable process. This proof of ownership now being requested by both private sector and public sector entities, provides credibility to women-owned business owners. Entities who choose to do business with a certified women-owned business are confident that their reporting of dollars spent with women-owned businesses will be verifiable and credible.
Benefits of owning a certified women-owned business include:
Expanded contracting opportunities;
Added advantage when competing for contracts with public and private sector entities;
Entities who choose to do business with you are confident that their reporting of dollars spent with women-owned businesses will be verifiable and credible.
Download and complete the application and mail it with the required attachments to Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Women-Owned Business Certification Program, 900 North Stiles Ave. Oklahoma City, Ok 73104.
Women-Owned Business Certification Application
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Woman-owned Business Enterprise certification is valid for a five-year period. To continue certification, the following document must be updated and submitted to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce each year for your file.
Women-Owned Business Recertification Form
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence
A national not-for-profit provider of micro loans and business education for women entrepreneurs, Count Me In provides micro loans from $500 to $10,000 to women who are starting or growing their businesses. Your first loan must be $5,000 or less. Each time you repay a loan in full, you are eligible to borrow again from Count Me In.
Make Mine a Million Dollar Business
A program of Count Me In that provides a combination of money, mentoring, marketing, and technology tools that women entrepreneurs need to grow their businesses.
REI Women’s Business Center
Women entrepreneurs in Oklahoma now have business assistance available statewide with offices in Durant, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The WBC targets women entrepreneurs in Oklahoma who need opportunities for career and personal development, business workshops, mentoring and access to business financing.
Office of Women’s Business Ownership
OWBO promotes the growth of women-owned businesses through programs that address business training and technical assistance and provide access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities.
Women’s Financial Network at Siebert
Provides key resources for women business owners. Find organizations providing funding to early and mid stage companies and WFN products ranging from retirement accounts for your employees, money market accounts for your excess cash, and even potential funding for later stage companies.
Center for Women’s Business Research
The Center is the go-to source on the trends, characteristics, achievements, and challenges of women business owners and their enterprises. Its research enables America’s top corporations, government policymakers, associations, and advocacy organizations to make informed, progressive decisions about programs and policies designed to reach and benefit women entrepreneurs.