Women-Led Business Get Certified


Certifying your business as a Universal Women-Led™ business, you are positioning your company as a company committed to closing the gender gap.

Women-Led Definition

An enterprise with a woman/women, with long-term control and management of the business, equity stake, and an active role in both strategic and day-to-day decision making.

Certification Benefits:

  • Proudly market you are Women-Led.
  • Be a visible champion for women in business.
  • Opportunities for your business to increase revenue.
  • Access to opportunities to access capital to support Women-Led.
  • Connect and apply to work with buyers who have mandates to work with Women-Led businesses.
  • A consistent and reliable source of income from government grants or sub-contracting to companies who award contacts to Women-Led.
  • Brand your product or service with your Certification logo.
  • Be visible to the consumer as a Women-Led product.
  • Provide the consumer the benefit to show they support Women-Led with your certification logo on your website, email signature, service, or packaging on your products.


  • The company must have a woman-founder, co-founder, or in an executive position as the visionary or driving the direction of the business.
  • Long-term control and management of the business – she must have been engaged in the operation, management, and ownership of the business for a minimum of one year.
  • Active role in strategic decision making – involved in elements related to the establishment of priorities, objectives, and goals for the business, along with overall operations of the business.
  • Day-to-day decision-making of the company including, for example, elements related to financial management, human resources, supply management, logistics, business development, marketing, or customer service.
  • Equity stake in the company to demonstrate ownership in the company.
  • Company to have been owned by a woman for more than two years.


Step 1: Get Certified

To Apply

Applicants must complete the online Certification Application Form and pay the non-refundable fee. You will provide an Affidavit to be commissioned and returned. Our Selection Committee will complete the verification process. A meeting may be required to complete the verification process.  Annual renewal is required.

Once Certification has been approved, you will receive a Certified Universal Women-Owned™ Logo for use to identify your products and services.

Verification Process:

  • Payment of Non-Refundable Processing Fee
  • Submit Online Application.
  • Verification of Required Documents.
  • Interview with a member of our Certification Committee.
  • Once verified, you will receive an email notification with a Certificate to post in your workplace, certification logo. files, ID Guide.
  • Application Process – 2 – 4 weeks
  • Expedite Service less than a week available!


STEP 2: Get Visible!

We are elevating Certified Universal Women-Led™ businesses in our Behind the Brand marketing ads. Take your business to the next level and let us help you market your product or service.

Behind the Brand Marketing (optional)

  • Social Media Campaign
  • Homepage and Social Media
  • Behind the Brand Blog Interview
  • Behind the Brand Virtual Series – Invited to be on our Panels
  • UWomen™ Magazine Feature Blog

Get Certified! Get Visible!  According to the stats, women-owned businesses only make up 16%  of businesses. Social Media has only 26% combined focus on promoting women in business!

If we do not know who you are, how can we support you1?

Top Companies locally, nationally, and globally are supporting women-owned businesses (WOBs) just to name a few.

  • Accenture
  • Bell
  • BMO
  • Campbell’s Soup
  • Coca-Cola
  • Exxon
  • General Mills
  • General Motors
  • IBM
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Pepsi-Co
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • RBC
  • Rogers
  • TD Bank



Get Certified

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Contact Information

Once you have paid for your Certification. You will be contacted by our Certification Committee to submit verification of the above and complete the verification process including Universal Womens Network Affidavit. A Sworn Affidavit is required to be certified.
You will be contacted by our Certification Committee to submit verification of the above.
You will be contacted by our Certification Committee to submit verification of the above.