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Corporate Specialties Certified As Detroit Headquartered Business & Woman-Owned Business Enterprise

Published: 2020-05-12 Author: Lisa Horn

While we do business nationwide and love working with clients from coast to coast, we are proud to be based in Detroit. Our headquarters has been located in downtown Detroit since 2013, and we're passionate about contributing to the revitalization that is making this amazing city great again. That's why we pursued the Detroit Business Certification Program administered by the City of Detroit, Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Department. We have met the eligibility criteria and have officially been certified as a Detroit Based Business (DBB) and Detroit Headquartered Business (DHB). Additionally, we have renewed our certification as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). (We first received WBE status in 2019.) The certification validates that Corporate Specialties is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women, in this case, our president Valerie Hayman Sklar. To achieve WBENC Certification, women-owned businesses complete a formal documentation and site visit process. Because WBENC Certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities, women-owned businesses have the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC corporate members and government agencies, which is very exciting for us. Being certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise gives us yet another tool to differentiate ourselves as we continue to execute our growth plan. Diversity continues to be an important component of corporate social responsibility, and we want clients who have diversity initiatives to know that we can meet their requirements. If you'd like to know more about our certifications and diversity initiatives, drop us a note at