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Dedicated Tech Services, Inc. (DTS), Columbus., owned by Patty Lickliter, has been certified
as a business owned and controlled by a woman by the National Women
Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC). The goal of the
certification program is to streamline the certification process and
increase the ability of women business owners to compete for contracts at
a national level.
"Certification provides a marketing opportunity for women business enterprises to participate in outreach programs," says Patty Lickliter, president of DTS. In addition, this program will enable us to develop relationships with larger companies and create opportunities for future partnerships with them and public and private companies.
"NWBOC seeks to increase the ability of women business owners to compete for corporate and government contracts," sayes Janet Harris-Lange, president of NWBOC. "At the same time, NWBOC also hopes to decrease the number of front operations participating in corporate and government outreach programs."
NWBOC, a national 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, was created in response to needs identified by the Procurement Special Interest Group of the National Association of Women Business Owners. The study revealed that the public and private sector had not received nor recognized the benefits of contracting with woman suppliers. This has prevented purchasers from obtaining the best value in their procurements and has limited woman business owners from penetrating these markets, which has stymied their growth. NWBOC seeks to provide more corporations with the opportunity to better their procurement practices and to women suppliers the opportunity to compete.