The Oklahoma Department of Commerce certifies woman-owned businesses in Oklahoma. The program may benefit businesses that have traditionally faced extra barriers to market entry or participation. Some companies and state agencies use certifications to ensure diversity in their selection of contractors, vendors, and suppliers.
There are several benefits to operating as a certified women-owned business. They include:
- Expanded contracting opportunities;
- Added advantage when competing for contracts with public and private sector entities;
- Entities who choose to do business with you are confident that their reporting of dollars spent with women-owned businesses will be verifiable and credible.
Certification provides proof of ownership and is now being requested by both the private sector and public sector entities.
Any woman-owned small business is eligible to apply for certification. The business must be at least 51% owned and controlled on a day-to-day basis by one or more women.
Download and complete the application form and mail it with the required attachments to:
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
ATTN: Women-owned Business Certification Program
900 North Stiles Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104.
Certifications are valid for a five-year period. To continue certification, the following document must be updated and submitted to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce each year.