June 27, 2022
Hortiki Plants Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
Washington, DC: Hortiki Plants, an online retailer of organic garden kits, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Greater DMV, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
“I started this company in 2017 knowing that I was entering a male dominated industry,” says Hortiki Plants Founder, Dr. Victoria LeBeaux.
According to the USDA’s 2019 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, women are the primary operators on only 14% of U.S. agricultural entities.
“Given the gender disparities in my industry,” explains Dr. LeBeaux, “it’s vital that we gain access to the targeted business opportunities and increased visibility we need to grow. Now that we are certified Women Owned by WBENC, we can confidently pursue partnerships with corporations seeking to meet their supplier diversity goals”.
The WBENC standard of certification implemented by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Greater DMV is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.
By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.
About Hortiki Plants:
Hortiki Plants provides ecofriendly garden kits that make it easy and fun for everyone to grow their own food. Hortiki Plants’ kits have been featured online by over 60 media outlets, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, MSN, Women’s Health Magazine, and Yahoo.com. Hortiki Plants is a certified minority and woman-owned small business. Learn more at: https://hortikiplants.com/
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 17,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and more than 350 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.