Criterion Tool Earns Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Certification

We are proud to announce our national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Ohio River Valley Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification.

“We’ve put a lot of hard work and dedication into earning this certification. It was extremely important for us to pursue this adventure with the WBENC because it proves the point that Criterion Tool is to be taken seriously in the ‘No Failure’ industries. As the President of Criterion Tool, I’m impassioned to get up every day to make Criterion Tool an exceptional precision machining shop and a safe place to work for my employees. I hope my story inspires other women in the small business sector”, said Tanya DiSalvo, President of Criterion Tool and Die Co.

WBENC’s world-class certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities, and other entities. WBENC is also an approved Third Party Certifier for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program.

To achieve WBENC Certification, women-owned businesses complete a formal documentation and site visit process which is administered by one of WBENC’s 14 Regional Partner Organizations. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women. WBENC Certification gives women-owned businesses the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC Corporate Members and government agencies. By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

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