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Certification Guide, MWBE, Resources & Podcast Information


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Hey there!!!

Wondering "Why to get Certified" and "Where to find FREE resources to Build your business".  This information could be the difference between you having little success and A LOT of success.  These tools and free resources are not always easy to find!  Let us know if you use them and if they helped you!!  Shout out to us on SOCIAL MEDIA, please.  Tag Angela and Christi and of Course, Women Talk Construction.


There are plenty of certifying agencies that do not require paying a fee - such as DOT DBE/MBE/WBE & HUB (Historically Underutilized Businesses). For those of us SBEs just starting - go free! Your states will help you grow!

https://www.messer.com/subcontractors/diverse-suppliers/ [messer.com]

The link above is one of the largest companies in construction that require WBE/MBE participation.  Every customer has their own unique need. 

The link below takes you to the Small Business Development Center which is the office that will show you step-by-step how to get certified.  It will take 1/10th of the time going through here if they're as good as other states.  Let me know how they do for you in your state.


(there is an office in every area to assist and make your certification process very easy)

When it comes to federal government contracts, you may want to contact your APTAC…there are many workshops included on this website as well.

https://www.aptac-us.org/ [aptacus.org]

Also, this training is free as of 2021 for the first time. [https://ascent.sba.gov/ [ascent.sba.gov]?  The women who are successfully winning government bids have used this website to gain valuable insight into operating their businesses in government purchasing.


We are here to provide you with a starting point and to make connections for small businesses with resources and government officials who are qualified as well as make introductions to customers and connections when they are working on projects in a particular area.

84 Lumber has a registration portal where they are sharing your XBE business with Prime Contractors on projects.   84 Lumber has 100,000+ customers.  If you'd like to sign up to be included in their database for doing business as a vendor, customer, installer, or database customer connection, please follow the link. 84 Lumber cares about Women and Minorities and helping them grow their businesses.

Please check out all of the other resources on our website at Resources — Women Talk Construction Podcast

Your friends, Angela & Christi




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