If your company is at least 51% owned and controlled by women, you may qualify to be certified as a WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise).  If your company is at least 51% owned and controlled by men or women who are members of a minority race or ethnic group, you may qualify to be an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise).

Are you ready to do business with other businesses? Procurement officers of large companies require that you be certified as a WBE or other diverse entity before they will consider your company as a business-to-business supplier to meet their company’s diversity goals.  We assist you to get certified via the regional certifying agency for your region and via the national certifying board.

Why should you hire us to prepare your certification application package?

It isn’t as easy as it looks.

Getting certified is not a slam dunk.  Historically, about 1/3 of WBE and MBE certification applications are rejected on the first go-round, either because they are incomplete or because supporting documentation is inaccurate or insufficient. Our attorneys review each certification package to maximize the likelihood that legal and agency requirements for certification are met.

Time is money.

Your application is time-sensitive.  If your application is rejected, most regions impose a mandatory six-month waiting period before you can re-submit. How much business could you have done as a certified WBE or MBE during that time?

The devil is in the details. 

Our law firm is a certified WBE, and we have been through the certification process not only for ourselves, but for many clients as well.  Are your financial statements and corporate documents sufficiently detailed and in the correct form to pass muster?  We know what they need to contain, and how they need to be presented.  And if you don’t have the proper documentation, our attorneys and bookkeepers will sit down with you and show you how to prepare it.

For more information, contact Liza Farrow-Gillespie at 214-361-5600.


Farrow-Gillespie is a proud member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.