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The ORV~WBC is an organization for women business owners interested in promoting, developing and maintaining business relationships with other women business owners, major corporations and governmental agencies. ORV~WBC is one of 14 regional partner organizations of the Women’s National Business Enterprise Council (WBENC). Our charge is to certify bona fide women-owned businesses and to promote the activities directed at the development, establishment, expansion and encouragement of businesses owned by women. The ORV~WBC was established in March 2009 to provide premier WBENC certifications to women-owned businesses in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

The ORV~WBC operates under the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s Economic Empowerment Center through a collaborative effort with the WBENC. This collaboration allows for the leveraging of two strong organizations, one dedicated to building businesses in our community, the other dedicated to the economic empowerment of women-owned businesses in our region. WBE certification is required by numerous private-sector companies and governmental agencies. During 2009 the ORV~WBC certified and/or recertified over 500 women business enterprises.

About the Ohio River Valley

The Ohio River Valley provides a national, premier WBENC certification to women owned companies in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Major corporations and government agencies utilize the WBENC organization as a clearinghouse for women suppliers seeking procurement opportunities. Currently, over 881 women owned companies are certified through our region:

  • Ohio - 786 Women Companies
  • Kentucky - 196 Women Companies
  • West Virginia - 25 Women Companies

Benefits Of Certification

  • National recognition by thousands of major U.S. corporations and several public agencies as a certified WBE.
  • B2B opportunities with other WBEs via networking and database access.
  • Procurement inquiries by governmental and private entities that utilize WBE database to access potential vendors.
  • Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council’s networking opportunities both internal and external.
  • Advocacy of women owned businesses to major corporations, government agencies and other buying organizations


ORV~WBC is a premier certification organization that drives economic empowerment and advocacy for Women Business Enterprises. We strategically influence and engage both our private and public sector partners to significantly increase WBE spend within their organizations


Dedicated to advancing the success of WBE's - Women Business Enterprises, corporate members and government entities through certification, partnerships, networking and leadership development. 

Core Values

Integrity, Advocacy, Efficiency


To learn more about the ORV~WBC please visit their Website




ORV~WBC is operated by the Greater Cincinnati Urban League's Business Development and Entrepreneurship Department under the authority of WBENC. The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

SBALOGOThe Small Business Development Center of Ohio (SBDC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact 513-487-1155.