To get your share of the government and corporate contracting and subcontracting opportunities set aside for women-owned businesses, you need more than your word that you are a woman-owned business. Your business must be certified by an approved Third Party Certifier. There are four organizations you can go through: the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Women Business Owners Corporation, US Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). During the process of certification you’ll be required to submit an application and documents such as profit and loss statements, tax returns, bank signature cards and proof of gender and citizenship. If there is a male partner in the business, the business can still be considered woman-owned if the female/s own/s at least 51 percent of the company.