Understand the benefits available to you

Certification could open a range of opportunities for your woman-owned business.

What is WBENC?

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is a nonprofit organization committed to helping women-owned businesses succeed. If your business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and managed by a woman or women, you can become WBE certified. Certification allows access to an extensive support network, education programs, mentorship opportunities and increased visibility in corporate and government supply chains.

WBE certification requires a business to undergo a thorough vetting process that includes a site visit and business documentation. M&T has resources and support for women-owned businesses seeking certification.

Becoming WBENC and WOSB certified

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) aims each year to award at least 5 percent of federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses (WOSB). To gain access to those contracts, your business must be WOSB 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. Because the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is an approved third-party WOSB certifier, your business could gain WBE and WOSB certifications through one organization.

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.

Partner with M&T Bank

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.