Opening doors with Women/Minority Owned Small Business Certification

Mar 13, 2024

The Women in Business Seminar Series returned March 28 to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Being women/minority owned certified (WOSB/MOSB) is a valuable tool which helps to gain competitive advantage with those looking to do business with certified Women Business enterprises. Over 35 small business owners logged on to join us live to discover the reasons why being certified matters and how it can assist you with growing your business.

Replay now available below.

Maria Boykin, Director of Certification with WBEC-West, shares what is needed to gain certification to see if your company’s documents validate the WBENC and WOSB required 51% ownership, operation, control, highest title, and independence by a woman or women owner. See what opportunities open up you to work with government.

Plus be inspired by a local Maui-based women business-owner on her experience of getting and being certified.

Thursday, March 28

About the Speaker

Maria Boykin, Director of Certification, WBEC-West

Maria Boykin came to live in the USA over thirty years ago from Puerto Rico.  She joined the “Women Business Enterprise Council West” in 2009, bringing over twenty years of customer service experience from all levels of dynamic industries.  As an exceptional leader, she has a keen ability to effectively build new territories and expand opportunities with existing clients in addition to relationship-building, and business development training.

As the Director of Certification, she leads the Women’s Business Enterprise Council West (WBEC-West) certification team, with responsibilities for implementing the WBENC certification standards and procedures in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Southern California, Utah, Wyoming, and the territories of American Samoan, and Guam.  Her passion is to keep the line of communication open and connect WBEs, customers, and businesses as she assists them to overcome obstacles, and hurdles through certification.

Coming from entrepreneur parents, who also owned and operated several businesses of their own, Maria has enjoyed the position with the WBEC-West organization and assisted upcoming entrepreneurs.  She attended ASU, South Mountain Community College, and Rio Salado Community College where she received degrees and certificates in the science field, and Phi Theta Kappa Alumni.

She is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including Community Partnership Emergency Shelters and is President of Confirmed Word Ministries. Outside of her professional interests, she spends time with her family and friends.

Maria Boykin, Director of Certification, WBEC-West

The Women in Business Seminar Series is presented by Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) in partnership with the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) and supported by the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program and the County of Maui.

WBEC is one of the official WOSB Certifiers for SBA Women Owned Small Business certifications. Businesses can get certified as being a 51% owned and operated (Minority, Women, Veteran) in order to qualify for special consideration in government and private contracts and to participate in a sponsor company’s Supplier Diversity programs.

Presented by

MEDB is a nonprofit corporation established in 1982 with a mission to lead and inspire innovation in business, education, and community. The organization was awarded a nationally competitive SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program grant to build business capacity in underserved and rural communities. The SBA grant is funding this program in part and is enabling MEDB’s work in building shared economic prosperity.

All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.