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WBE Certification

Required Documents





I. General Information

  • Printed copy of your WBENC Application
  • Sworn affidavit-signed and notarized by 3rd party
  • WBENCLink User Agreement 3.7-Signed by majority owner 
  • History of Business
  • Professional and business license(s) (If applicable)
  • Resumes of owners, board of directors and key management team
  • Copy of bank signature authorization card 
  • Trust agreement(s), if applicable
  • Franchise agreement(s), if applicable
  • Current union agreement(s), if applicable


II. Owner Eligibility

  • Evidence of gender for woman (women) owner(s) (copy of passport, birth certificate, or drivers license)
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship (examples include a U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate or naturalization papers), or Legal Resident Alien status (a legal resident alien card)


III. Financial Structuring

·         Financial statements, including:

o   profit and loss statement

o   balance sheet for last complete year of operation or length of time business has been in operation (for a new business that has been in operation for less than one year, include the opening balance sheet)

·         Please submit copies of the following documents that are both currently active as well as any initiated within the three years prior to this application:

o   debt instruments (If applicable)

o   equipment rental and purchase agreements (If applicable)

o   real estate leases (If applicable)

·         Three years income tax returns (includes current and prior two years federal income tax returns for the business. For businesses less than three years old, substitute personal federal income tax returns for the appropriate number of years.)


IV. Management Information

·         Please submit copies of the following documents that are both currently active as well as any initiated within the three years prior to this application:

o   management/consulting agreements (agreements that influence the management and/or operations of the Applicant company) (If applicable)

o   service agreements (agreements that influence the day-to-day operations, including the production and/or distribution of the Applicant's product or service) (If applicable)

·         Affiliate/subsidiary agreements (if the affiliate/subsidiary company is a WBE, please include a copy of the WBE certificate; otherwise, just include the agreement) (If applicable)

V. Personnel

·         List of all full-/part-time employees by name, position and length of service

·         Itemized employee payroll for the month prior to submitting this application (Note: this refers only to internal employees, not those who might be leased to/from other companies)

·         W-2s and/or 1099 forms from every officer, director or owner receiving compensation from the company for the most recent year


VI. Legal Structure


For Sole Proprietor

·         Assumed Name Documents (If applicable)


For Partnership

·         Partnership Agreements

·         Limited Partnership Certificate; if Applicant is a limited partnership, submit a certificate of existence and copy of the certificate of limited partnership issued by the state of formation

·         Buy-Out Rights Agreement (If applicable)

·         Profit Sharing Agreements (If applicable)

·         Proof of capital investment by all partners


For Corporation

·         Certificate of incorporation

·         Articles of incorporation

·         Minutes from shareholders' first organization meeting and from first board of directors' meeting

·         Minutes from the shareholders'/board of directors' meeting establishing current ownership

·         Minutes from the most recent meeting of shareholders

·         Minutes from most recent meeting of board of directors

·         Corporation's bylaws (If applicable in your state)

·         Certificate from the Board Secretary certifying the names of all current members of the board of directors

·         Both sides of ALL stock certificates

·         Stock transfer ledger

·         Proof of stock purchase or equity investment for woman (women) owner(s)

·         Voting agreements and other equity interests including stock options, warrants, buy/sell agreements and right of first refusal (If applicable)

·         Schedule of advances made to corporation by shareholders for the preceding three years (If applicable)


For Limited Liability Company (LLC)

·         Articles of organization

·         Certificate of organization (for businesses in states that issue certificates)

·         LLC Regulations and/or Operating Agreement and/or Member Agreement (If applicable in your state)

·         Member List with Titles

·         Proof of Equity Investment for Woman (Women) Owner(s)

·         Schedule of Advances made to LLC by members for the preceding three years (If applicable)


Additional documentation may be requested after initial review.


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