There are 4 eligibility standards that women-owned businesses must meet in order to become a certified women’s business enterprise.


Fifty-one percent ownership by a woman or women. The applicant must share in all risk and profits commensurate with her ownership interest.

Control and Management

Women must possess the power to direct or cause to direct the management and policies of the business. They must be in active management of the business.

Expertise and Capital

Contribution of capital and/or expertise by women owners to acquire their ownership interest shall be real and substantial and be in proportion of the interest acquired.


The woman owner(s) shall have the ability to perform in her area of specialty/expertise without substantial reliance on males or nonwomen-owned businesses.