BALTIMORE, MD – Clapp Communications, a Baltimore-based public relations and marketing firm, has recently been certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The certification is nationally recognized by public, private, non-profit, and government entities and confirms that a business is woman-owned, operated and controlled.
As the largest third-party certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S., WBENC connects its corporate and government members with WBEs for the purchase of products and services and to help foster diversity in the supply chain. Its mission is to fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities by identifying, certifying, and facilitating development of women-owned businesses.
“We are so proud to be certified as a WBENC Business Enterprise,” said Barb Clapp, President and CEO of Clapp Communications. “Since day one, our team has put in tremendous effort to help our firm evolve and achieve the level of respect and success that it has. We are certain this certification will provide many opportunities for us to continue to grow and allow us to be a valuable resource and partner to other WBENC members and constituent groups.”
WBEs go through a stringent certification process to meet WBENC’s standards and confirm they are woman-owned. With 51 percent ownership required by a woman, they must submit an application with the necessary supporting documentation and be reviewed by a Regional Partner Organization’s Certification Review Committee, followed by an on-site visit with the majority woman business owner and a final determination at a subsequent review by the Certification Review Committee.