ReMix Ideas partners with state agency to highlight minority, women-owned business certification process

ReMix Ideas partners with state agency to highlight minority, women-owned business certification process

BCN Staff – April 17, 2022 — ReMix Ideas is partnering with the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE) division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) will host Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification Assistance Workshop training on Tuesday, April 26. This workshop will help business owners learn more about the certification process for state vendors, benefits of becoming certified, and how to connect with state contracting opportunities.

At the upcoming workshop, longtime AEDC Program Manager Karen Castle will be sharing information on how to become a certified minority-owned business. In her role, Castle manages the MWBE certification program, and works with small, minority, and women-owned businesses across the state and facilitates MWBE certification presentations, training, and workshops statewide.

In January, AEDC announced that the state certified 33 businesses as minority- and women-owned business enterprises through the MWBE certification program. With the addition of these 33 businesses, there are now 326 businesses in the state that have received MWBE certification.

“We are so proud of the 33 businesses that pursued their certification in 2021,” said MWBE Director Esperanza Massana Crane. “Having the certification under their belt, combined with their ability to use it for their marketing advantage, definitely sets these businesses apart when competing for government contracts. We hope certification may open many opportunities for business with the government or the private sector.”

Businesses that are certified under this program receive access to a statewide network of support services including workshops, webinars, vendor classes, customized technical assistance, B2B networking, notification of bid opportunities, as well as opportunities for doing business with AEDC partners in state and federal government, higher education, lending institutions, and the private sector. In addition, state government purchases of up to $40,000 can be made without competitive solicitation if using a certified MWBE.

The MWBE Certification Program, which is administered through the MWBE Division, is a review process designed to ensure that a minority- or women-owned business is owned, controlled, and operated by the applicants and meets the eligibility criteria of the program. View the full list of businesses in the MWBE Certification Program here.

The ReMix Ideas workshop on April 26 will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Rock It! Lab at 120 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201. To attend, please register here.

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