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MWOB 9009:2013 is a quality certification program specifically for Minority Woman Owned Businesses following the ISO (International Standards Organization) methodologies. MWOB 9009 is a standard developed by the American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC) to support the quality management system (QMS) of businesses owned by minority women involved in the fields of manufacturing, import/export, consultation, retail, wholesale, food establishments, hospitality, real estate, advertising, financial, legal services and other sectors. The MWOB 9009 program is designed to help qualifying minority woman-owned firms develop and/or improve their quality management systems in order to qualify for ISO 9001 Certification. In addition to quality management guidance, MWOB 9009 offers a variety of business development solutions. Below are some commonly asked questions about MWOB 9009.

What are the benefits of MWOB 9009 certification?

Some minority woman owned businesses in the United States are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged. These groups include: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans. MWOB 9009 was developed to provide affordable business development assistance, specifically in quality management. MWOB 9009 completely prepares businesses for ISO 9001 Certification, as well as industry specific certifications such as ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), AS 9001 Rev C (Aerospace), ISO 13485 (Medical), TS 16949 (Automotive), and SQF 2000 (Safe Quality Food).

What is the difference between third-party certification and government certification?

Third party certification is geared to the private sector. MWOB 9009 is a third-party certification, denoting that an independent entity other than the vendor business owner or the corporate purchasing entity is ensuring that the business is in fact minority woman-owned and controlled. Moreover, MWOB 9009 does more than just certify your business as minority woman owned. As an MWOB 9009 certified business you’ll receive ongoing support with your quality management needs, business development, employee training, and managerial guidance.

How does MWOB 9009 compare to ISO 9001?

MWOB 9009 thoroughly prepares minority woman-owned businesses for ISO 9001 and other quality certification programs. Businesses certified to MWOB 9009 standards automatically quality for ISO 9001:2008 and may also quality for additional certification programs depending on the company’s industry, documentation, and needs for one-to-one counseling, training workshops, and management and technical guidance.

Do we need MWOB 9009 if we are already ISO 9001 certified?

Yes. Minority woman-owned businesses that are already ISO 9001 certified will find many advantages to being MWOB 9009 certified. The certification body issuing MWOB 9009 to your business is under obligation as required by the American Board of Accredited Certifications to provide business development support, technical assistance as well as resources on business networking and promotion opportunities to further help your business complete successfully in the marketplace.

Is MWOB 9009 accredited?

Yes. MWOB 9009 is accredited by the American Board of Accredited Certifications as well as Industrial Leaders Group (ILG), and is internationally recognized by the Global Quality Assurance Council which has signatories, regional accreditation groups, and observer organizations worldwide. MWOB 9009 accreditation is guaranteed.

Which registrars are authorized to issue MWOB 9009 certifications?

MWOB 9009 certificates can only be issued by a registration company accredited by the American Board of Accredited Certifications or equivalent. There are currently 9 registrars (certification bodies) authorized to issue MWOB 9009 certifications. All authentic MWOB 9009 certificates will have the ABAC trademark.

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