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Why and How to Certify Your Business as Women-Owned

Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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If your business is at least 51% owned, and entirely operated, managed and controlled by a woman or women you may qualify for WBENC certification.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification offered through the Center for Women & Enterprise is the nation’s leading independent certification of women owned businesses. Over 12,000 businesses are certified and over 600 corporate supplier diversity and purchase professionals recognize the WBENC certification.
Join us at the Enterprise Center to learn:
• Why businesses get WBENC certified
• How WBENC certification can help you expand your business through contracts and networking
• What types of businesses are WBENC certified
• What the eligibility requirements are for WBENC certification
Speaker: Jessica Yamas


Jessica Yamas

Jessica has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and been drawn towards the world of innovation and start-ups. After earning a B.A. in mathematics from Bucknell University, she opened her own café and ran it for four years. During this time, she gained invaluable experience in business operations, financial planning, sales, staff management, marketing and promotions, and events planning. She has managed over 80 employees, and planned over 200 events. Having served on various committees and then seeing a need for local business owners to have their own arena for discussions, she spearheaded a committee called, Owners-2-Owners. Besides her 15+ years in the restaurant industry, she also has professional experience in high net worth tax accounting, bookkeeping, auditing, budgeting, and office administration.
Jessica holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) and a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Northeastern University. She is thrilled to be joining the team at CWE in October 2013 as Program Coordinator, where she hopes to offer valuable support to women business owners during the WBENC certification process and beyond.

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