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Female shop owners

Discussion in 'Polls' started by wannabe, May 10, 2007.

  1. Checkers

    Checkers Very Active Member

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    WBE = Woman Business Enterprise

    Depending on the type of work you do, this certification can give you at an advantage over your competition when bidding on some projects.

    Government contracts have a a "set-aside" which require the general contractor to sub-contract a certain percentage of the contract through small, minority or disadvantaged businesses. Some contracts can only be awarded to minority businesses. Some large corporations give bid preference to small and disadvantaged businesses too.

    There's plenty of information available on the web. But it can be a costly, challenging and tricky proposition to get the right certifications in order to pursue these contracts. Here's the link to the web site that focuses on WBE...
    http://www.wbenc.org/

    Also check with your local, state and federal agencies. There are plenty of programs available and if you plan accordingly, there is potential to make some good money.

    Checkers
     
  2. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

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    My wife is 50% owner also. We work together full time, have for 9 years since we purchased this business.

    Here's a picture of her. Isn't she great? http://loggingsigns.com/about.html
     
  3. doublesky

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    I am a female shop owner... well... 1/2 owner.
     
  4. Speeddm

    Speeddm Member

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    My wife runs the show here I just the Boy
     
  5. maddmd

    maddmd Member

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    Wife is the listed owner :thumb:
     
  6. Gene@mpls

    Gene@mpls Very Active Member

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    My daughter and I are partners- for 10 years:biggrin:
     
  7. Checkers

    Checkers Very Active Member

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    Just a few heads-up about the WBE certifications. Qualifications or requirements on just about every level of government are different. However, there are some "general" guidelines.
    The "minority" must:
    • Own 51% or more of the business;
    • Perform and play an active roll in the day-to-day operations of the business;
    • Be able to do all the "work" in the business. This includes sales, design, fabrication and installation; and
    • Have final say on all decisions, financial or otherwise.
    As I mentioned earlier, check with the various organizations and agencies that sponsor or support these programs to find out all the details. Most modern government agencies have the documentation online.

    Checkers
     
  8. ENTDesign

    ENTDesign Very Active Member

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    It's mine, all mine!
     
  9. WVB

    WVB Very Active Member

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    My business partner is female... I do mainly the labor/design work where she does the proofing and behind the scenes stuff. Which a lot of times is just as important if not more so then what I do. Things such as books/taxes etc.
     
  10. Darklight

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    My wife owns our biz on paper. We work it together, but there are obvious business advantages in some areas when you are female-owned, as it is considered a minority ownership.
     
  11. mountainmang

    mountainmang Active Member

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    that's funny right there :Big Laugh
     
  12. stip

    stip New Member

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    I own mine, 100%.
     
  13. BlueRidgeFabrication

    BlueRidgeFabrication Active Member

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    I am one, too! I started this company with my husband. I oversee the design aspect and he oversees production, but sometimes those lines get a little blurry. We both love what we do. It's like a new art project everyday.
     
  14. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    I'm one too.
    Since 1985.
    Love...Jill
     
  15. Ian Stewart-Koster

    Ian Stewart-Koster Active Member

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    My wife half owns it too.
    The best apprentices we've had have been three girls over the years.
     
  16. Pala-gurl

    Pala-gurl New Member

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    Well Im not a real shop owner but I do all the work for the shop if that counts, the guy who actually owns the shop doesnt even know how to get into the cutting program, so i think i may qualify ...lol :p
     
  17. gvgraphics

    gvgraphics Very Active Member

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    My better half owns ours as well. "Well, at least on paper." She does the phones and taxes. I do most of the design (she also helps with this, 2 heads are better than one) and production. But she also does the most important job of all.........She keeps me in line!
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2007
  18. gtjet

    gtjet Active Member

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    Pearl owns half and frankly she is the boss.
     
  19. JimJenson

    JimJenson Active Member

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    My wife owns 51% of the company stock.
     
  20. cgsigns_pat

    cgsigns_pat New Member

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    I am 1/2 owner with my husband if that counts
     
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