Discover advantages for women entrepreneurs

M&T Bank can help you simplify the women-owned business certification process.

Certification means opportunities

If your business is woman-owned and -operated, you could access a range of advantages. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) aims to award at least 5 percent of federal contracting dollars to certified women-owned small businesses (WOSB) each year. And you can become Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, which provides an extensive network of support, education programs, mentorship opportunities and increased visibility in corporate and government supply chains. M&T has the resources to make it easy for you to register with these key organizations.

WOSB certification requirements

For your business to access federal contracts reserved for women entrepreneurs, it must be WOSB registered and certified, meaning it qualifies as a small business according to the SBA standards, is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens and has a woman managing day-to-day operations.

WBE certification requirements

Businesses at least 51% owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women can be WBE certified. Certification requires a company to undergo a thorough vetting process, including a site visit and business documentation. M&T can help you through this process.

M&T’s commitment to diversity

We know that a diverse business community is a strong business community, so we strongly support women entrepreneurs in the areas we serve. Work with a partner that will take the time to understand your unique business and guide you to the benefits that can help spur your success.

Let our experience helping women entrepreneurs pay off for you. Schedule an appointment with your local M&T branch.


Multicultural-Owned Entrepreneurs

Our resources can help you make sure you get the support and financial products that are right for your business. Learn more about minority-owned business entrepreneurs.

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M&T’s Business Banking Specialists are ready to offer you support at any stage of your business. Get to know the advantages of being an M&T Business Banking client. 

This article is for informational purposes. It is not designed or intended to provide financial, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice since such advice always requires consideration of individual circumstances. Please consult with the professionals of your choice to discuss your situation.