News for Immediate Release
June 24, 2014
Governor Corbett, First Lady Susan Corbett Attend Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Conference
Philadelphia – Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett today addressed the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair to discuss the Administration’s support for women-owned enterprises in Pennsylvania.
“There are 295,200 woman-owned businesses in our state,” Gov. Corbett said. “They employ more than 300,000 people and generate nearly $52 billion dollars in revenue. These companies represent the kind of expansion, innovation, and job creation that my administration is working to support.”
Gov. Corbett signed Executive Order 2011-09, an Order directing the creation of the Small Business Procurement Initiative aimed at reserving certain state prime contracting opportunities for self-certified small businesses. Today, woman-owned enterprises make up 17% of the businesses participating in that program. The Corbett administration also made changes to the commonwealth’s Small Diverse Business program, designed to encourage prime contractors to partner with small woman-owned, minority-owned (MBE), and veteran and service disabled veteran-owned businesses (VBE/SDVBE) as subcontractors and professional service providers. To date, 63% of the enterprises participating in that program are owned by women.
“Building a stronger Pennsylvania is all about partnering with entrepreneurs who continue to have a tremendous impact in our state and on our economy,” said Corbett. “Sue and I are proud to be here with all of you today.”
In its 15th year, the conference is hosted by the Philadelphia-based Women’s Enterprise Council of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. More than 3,000 attendees include women business owners, senior executives and procurement representatives from Fortune 500 companies and select partner organizations whose missions align with WBENC’s vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace.
Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116