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This story appears in the February 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Is becoming a certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) really beneficial? We spoke with women entrepreneurs from a variety of industries to find out.

Being certified as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) means a third-party certifying entity has confirmed that a business is at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women. The leading certifier is the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which certifies to a national standard and has 14 partner organizations across the country.

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