ALF Consultants Certified As A Woman-owned Business Enterprise

West Central Solutions, Inc., (WCS) an Assisted Living Facility Consultant Company received certification as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) on March 16, 2016.

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“We have always been woman owned and managed,” said Theressa Foster, President. “It is nice to get this certification so that businesses and government entities can be assured that we truly are woman owned and controlled.”

West Central Solutions offers owners of privately held Assisted Living Communities an array of services and expertise to help them so they can work ON their businesses, not IN their businesses.

WBE Certification stands for Woman Business Enterprise and denotes that a woman (or women) has majority ownership and control of a business entity.

West Central Solutions received the certification through the National Women Business Owners Association (NWBOC).

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“The application process was time-consuming, yet we hope it will help us in attracting the business of larger corporations and government entities,” said Foster.

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Certification goes hand-in-hand with any procurement discussion.  A WBE Certification ensures that the businesses claiming to be woman-owned in fact were woman-owned.   A WBE certification is the only way to confirm to corporations and government agencies the ownership and helps those entities track utilization.

Tracking Encourages Utilization
Certification is the tool by which business participation is tracked, and the tracking provided evidence that the federal procurement dollars were virtually bypassing women-owned businesses.  So remedies were sought in the form of affirmative action programs.

Beginning in the 1960s, efforts were put forth to help “level the playing field”.   In the 60’s the Commission on the Status of Women, the Civil Rights Act and executive orders helped to increase women and minority participation.

The NWBOC web site states, “the 5% federal goal was established in 2000 with the Women’s Equity in Contracting Act that gave the contracting office the ability to restrict competition for women-owned firms, up to 5% of all contracts. The Small Business Administration confirms that it is possible for this to have the effect of being a set-aside, but is not expressly one…  The intent of this program is to encourage procurement officers to utilize women-owned firms at a higher level in both the number of firms awarded contracts and the dollar amounts awarded to them.”

“This WBE Certification is important to WCS because it adds one more layer credibility to our company, ” said Foster.  “We already have Experience and Expertise, now we have Enterprise Certification.”