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Certifications Overview for Women Owned Businesses

Certifications Overview for Women Owned Businesses

Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:00am to 11:00am

Did you know that as a women-owned business you may qualify for certifications that give you a leg up in the government marketplace?

As a women-owned business you may qualify for certifications that give you a leg up in the government marketplace and increase your chances of winning more contracts!

The main certifications available to women-owned small businesses are the Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB) certifications through the Small Business Administration (SBA). However, women-owned businesses may qualify for other socio-economic certifications as well. These include Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through Caltrans, and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Supplier Clearinghouse.

In this webinar, Norcal PTAC Procurement Specialist, Nanci Pigeon, will explain how these certifications can be valuable for increasing revenue, and give a basic overview of the qualifications and application processes for each.

Webinar Topics Include:

  • What are government certifications and why are they valuable?
  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB) Certification
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification
  • Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification
  • How to utilize Women’s Business Center (WBC) resources

Celebrating Women's Small Business Month

Join us this month in celebrating the success of female entrepreneurs! With different perspectives, skills and experiences, women enrich the landscape of business ownership with unique ideas, solutions and technology. We're excited to partner with Women's Business Centers to offer training focused on government contracting opportunities for women business owners.

Want to dive deeper?

Join us for the other webinars in our Women’s Small Business Month Series where we will take a more detailed look at the requirements and application process for both the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB/ EDWOSB) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications. Walk away with a better understanding of whether these certifications would be a good fit for your business and how to apply.


Norcal PTAC

Northern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center provides no-cost government contracting counseling, bid matching, and training for businesses located in our 15-county service area in Northern California.

Oakland Women's Business Center

AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center - Oakland provides training, counseling and other support services to help women entrepreneurs start and successfully grow their businesses. In addition, the center supports women business owners. The center is open to all.

Women's Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world. SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network, which provides entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in several languages.

Women's Business Center at JEDI

The WBC at JEDI provides in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services to women (and men) entrepreneurs, both nascent and established businesses in the Siskiyou, Shasta, Trinity and Humboldt Counties of California.


Nanci R. Pigeon
Procurement Specialist at Norcal PTAC

Nanci Pigeon has over 22 years’ experience in the Department of Defense and federal contracting. She began her contracting career as an active duty Air Force enlisted member and upon retirement from active duty, she transitioned to the federal contracting workforce. In her federal contracting career, Nanci has worked as a Contract Specialist, Contracting Officer, Procurement Analyst and Small Business Specialist with the Department of the Air Force, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. Upon her retirement from the federal contracting workforce, Nanci decided to provide her expertise in government contracting to small businesses by becoming a PTAC counselor. Nanci specializes in federal contracting, registrations, and certifications. She is also well versed in California State registration and certification, as well as California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS). Nanci enjoys working with each Norcal PTAC client individually and developing a specific course of action to help the client achieve their government contracting goals. Nanci has a BS in Management from Park University and an MS from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Strategic Purchasing. She is also a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) through the National Contract Management Association and maintains a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C).

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