In December 2020, when Tamara Rabenold mentioned her pending acquisition of Vaudra International to a client at a Fortune 100 company, she was encouraged to explore woman-owned certifications like the one through WBENC to support corporations’ supplier diversity initiatives. While it had been something that she planned to investigate after the New Year, this encouragement moved it higher on her priority list.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S. The WBENC standard of certification implemented by the Great Women’s Business Council is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection.
In compiling the exhaustive list of documents necessary, we submitted the application in July 2021, and the waiting game began. After our virtual site inspection in January 2022, we inched closer to the end goal & in early April, received the official notification our WBENC-certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).
According to the NAICS database, over 10,000 entities are classified in Investigation Services. Of the 90 WBENC-Certified WBE firms within this classification, Vaudra is the only firm strictly specializing in Intellectual Property (IP) investigations and brand protection services.
Considering our dedication to the intellectual property industry, it seemed most fitting to make this announcement on April 26, 2022, World Intellectual Property Day.
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