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Thursday, March 20, 2014

City of Saint Paul Receives Award from Women's Business Development Center

On March 6, the City of Saint Paul and Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) were presented with the 2013 Advocacy Award from the Women’s Business Development Center - Minnesota (WBDC-MN).  The WBDC is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive women’s business assistance center in the nation.  The Advocacy Award is presented to an individual or organization for their contributions to the economic development and empowerment of women and minority-owned businesses.

The city and HREEO were recognized for supporting WBDC-MN’s mission to provide services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.  The partnership was recently furthered by a new memorandum of understanding between with city and the WBDC-MN for certifying women-owned businesses.  Along with Hennepin and Ramsey counties, the City of Saint Paul is a member of the Central Certification (CERT) Program, which certifies small, minority, and women-owned business enterprises.  The CERT program assists small, minority, and women-owned businesses grow and compete in the marketplace.  The memorandum of understanding streamlines the application process for the WBDC-MN to certify women-owned businesses seeking a CERT certification.  The new agreement will create additional economic opportunities for women-owned businesses, and helps to remove barriers to opportunities that come from having multiple business certification agencies.       

Interested small, minority, and women-owned businesses should consider applying for CERT Certification to take advantage of local business opportunities.

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