Female entrepreneurs play a vital role in our economy. According to the 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express, between 2014 and 2019, the number of women-owned businesses climbed 21% to a total of nearly 13 million. In fact, four out of 10 business in the U.S. are women-owned, employing approximately 9 million people, and generating approximately $1.8 trillion in revenue.
Owned and operated by Lynda Ellis, Capitol Concierge—a leading provider of concierge services for corporations, commercial, residential properties—is proud to be counted among the growing number of companies owned by female entrepreneurs. As a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certified through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Capitol demonstrates its commitment to engaging with businesses that value diversity.
WBENC mission is to, “fuel economic growth globally by identifying, certifying, and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses.” WBENC believes, “diversity promotes innovation, opens doors, and creates partnerships that fuel the economy.” As the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs, WBENC certification is a rigorous process that validates that a business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. When companies partner with a WBENC-Certified company they may gain benefits such as tax incentives and the ability to exhibit their commitment to advancing diverse markets.
“Capitol Concierge is honored to be certified as a Woman Business Enterprise,” said Lynda. “In the current economic climate, companies are looking to continue to develop their supplier diversity programs and further economic growth in their communities. This third-party validation gives us the opportunity to pass along to our clients the benefits of working with a WBENC-Certified company.”
Lynda is a recognized leader in the small-business community and is a member of the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. For additional information on WBENC visit http://www.wbenc.org.