KANSAS CITY, MO. – AlphaGraphics Kansas City, an award-winning printing, marketing and sign company that provides solutions for customers to get noticed and get business, is honored to announce its national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by Women’s Business Development Center-Midwest (WBDC), a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and it’s Women’s Business Enterprise and Disadvantages Business Enterprise by the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
WBENC’s and the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s standard of certification is a meticulous and in-depth process that includes separate reviews of the business and an on-site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm that the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. Majority ownership is required, as is being in business for six months and U.S. citizenship; however, a woman must be the true company leader, be active in daily activities and guide the business’s strategic direction. With this certification, AlphaGraphics Kansas City is recognized as a successful wholly woman-owned printing and marketing company in the largely male-dominated printing industry.
“These recognitions are a point of pride, for not only me, but also for my entire team who work hard every day maintaining the quality service and products that AlphaGraphics Kansas City is known for,” says Haley Haar, AlphaGraphics Kansas City President. “Though this business has been serving Kansas City for more than 30 years, it has been woman owned and operated since I took the helm in 2009. Now, we are looking forward to the additional opportunities that having WBENC certification brings and continuing to set an example for other women business owners in our local community.”
WBENC’s world-class certification standard is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations making up America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and government entities. By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their suppliers diversity programs.
“AlphaGraphics Kansas City has been certified as a woman-owned business with the state of Missouri for several years, and we have a Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) certification from Kansas City,” says Haar. “I was urged to apply for National and Local certification by my clients and peers. The documentation required and time invested in the process for local, state and national certifications like these are immense, but well worth it considering the doors they can open for growing our company.”
About AlphaGraphics Kansas City
Located in the creative Crossroads Arts District, AlphaGraphics Kansas City is a certified Women Owned business that specializes in helping businesses solve marketing problems. The printing company’s production specialties are in digital color and large format printing. To enhance services for customers, AlphaGraphics Kansas City added specialty finishes that include square back booklets and soft-touch laminating.
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.