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While the rules vary state to state, many state agencies require that women-owned businesses obtain certification through their program because they maintain their own regulations.

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Most public corporations as well as local, state, and federal government purchasing agencies have programs for allotting a certain percentage of business to women-owned companies.

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Getting certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) can make the difference between landing that business or not.
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"I realized that if we could present ourselves as a certified women-owned business, we would be well-positioned to win these type of projects in the future." Once Steinberg receives her certification, she plans to work more extensively on social sector projects on the local level, and she believes the certification will be a strategically smart move when it comes to those pursuits.

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The Women’s Business Center is a wonderful tool for Women in Business. Whether a new business or an existing business, they encourage new ideas and are a terrific support group!

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Being a member of the Women’s Business Center at Canisius College has allowed me to develop friendships and business relationships with other members that value honesty, dedication, commitment and education. Through the educational programs, networking opportunities and the great amount of support from staff and fellow members I receive the strength, encouragement and know how to pursue my dream of owning my own company.

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The Women’s Business Center at Canisius has provided me with the necessary tools and knowledge to better manage and grow our business. I now have a better understanding of Financial Reports, Strategic Planning, HR, and Succession Planning. However, I believe that the greatest benefit of the WBC is the support and encouragement that I receive not only from the staff but from my classmates and friends in Forum One.

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The Women’s Business Center gives me numerous opportunities every month to get in front of people, share who I am and what I do, and communicate how my mindset coaching can change lives. This creates a continual pipeline of clients into my practice, which allows me to help more women to know there is a way to be less stressed and overwhelmed and travel in joy on their journeys .

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"We have a rigid review system, and we don't want to scare women, but we have to feel comfortable that we can approve them as a women-owned business enterprise so we come and see for ourselves," says Harris-Lange.

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