Since the very beginning, our mission at Sozy has been to empower women in whatever way we can. From creating clothes that celebrate your body with cozy style to supporting survivors, it was essential to our ethics to lift other women up along the journey.
We are so proud to be a recognized and certified Woman-Owned Business in the United States.
Being a woman-owned small business helps us to increase visibility and opportunity for other women in the work field and in turn, this fuels economic growth across the whole country.
Take a look at what it means to be certified as one of the women-owned small businesses and how this helps us to share the benefits and fulfil our goal of lifting others up.
What It Means To Be A Woman-Owned Business in the US
So what does it mean to be a certified woman-owned business? As the government recognizes the need to level the playing field when it comes to federal contracts and supplier diversity, they created a certification process that could help women business owners to earn both local and government agency contracts.
When you become a certified women-owned business, you are in a more visible position to be awarded business opportunities and federal contracting from corporations who have goals to hit when it comes to their contractor choices.
It's important to understand that the women-owned business certification is not about charity; it's simply about recognizing the need for providing an equal advantage for entrepreneurs and encouraging more diversity in demographics when it comes to business. Those who invest in the women's contracting program can also enjoy benefits too, such as tax incentives.
There are two different certificates you can go for in the application process. You can apply for a WBE certification (Women's Business Enterprise) or you can apply for WOSB certification (Women-Owned Small Business).
To apply for the WOSB program you must meet the following eligibility requirements to get certified.
- Have at least 51 percent owned or controlled by women (an individual or group is fine).
- Applicants must be US citizens
- The business must fall under the category of being a small business as laid out by SBA guidelines.