liftUPlift requires all first-time members to self-certify as Women-Owned Businesses, if they are not already certified by an approved third-party certifier, including: U.S. Small Business Administration, National Women Business Owners Corporation, U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, or the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
In order to qualify for liftUPlift WOB status, your business does not need to be entirely owned by women, as long as your business is at least 50% owned by one or more women. Also, women must be actively involved in the business management and daily business operations.
Why Certify as a WOB?
- More Opportunities. All WOB Certification programs are designed to help more women owned businesses win customers and contracts. You must be certified in order to get listed in liftUPlift’s contractor directory or sell in the liftUPlift Marketplace, where you’ll be found by customers, businesses and government agencies seeking to hire or purchase from WOBs.
- Increased Credibility. Not all business are eligible for self-certifications and not all that self-certify are approved by liftUPlift. Being certified makes your business stand out in a unique way.
Self-Certification as a Woman-Owned Business
Yes, you absolutely can self-certify your business as women-owned (if it really is.)
There are no legal requirements to formally certify as a woman-owned business. The law permits first-time bidders for government contracts to “self-certify,” if they meet certain conditions of being a women-owned business.
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Definition of “Women-Owned Business”
According to the FAR, women-owned business must be at least 51% owned by one or more women; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more women.
liftUPlift Verified “Women-Owned Business”
liftUPlift verifies that every business in our Alliance is at least 50% women-owned, regardless of whether they self-certify or demonstrate proof of third-party certification.
Our invite-only policy for joining our women-owned business Alliance is the first and most important step we take to protect against businesses misrepresenting themselves as women-owned. By the time a business receives invitation to join the liftUPlift Alliance, it has been recommended by at least two other Alliance members and carefully vetted by our team, to ensure compliance with our women-owned business policy as well as our high standards for quality and social responsibility.
liftUPlift is a global Alliance of Women-Owned Businesses
We recognize and verify self-certification of women-owned businesses worldwide.