Townsend Tree Service Earns Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification

Educational | January 09, 2023

Townsend Tree Service is known for our quality tree-trimming, line-clearance and integrated vegetation management services — but did you also know that we are a women-owned business?

In many ways, we’re breaking an industry-wide stereotype as a women-owned business that deals in power lines and utility-company needs. We’re proud of the work we do, because it goes beyond helping companies make profits: we also help keep communities safe from dangerous vegetation and debris that could harm the electrical grid or pose other dangers.

That pride is only amplified with the news that Townsend Tree Service recently received our official Women-Owned Business Enterprise

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

This official certification as a women-owned business is significant. We have achieved Women’s Business Enterprise Certification through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, which is not an accolade handed out frivolously.

The WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of women-owned-and-operated businesses in the United States. As a respected and credible designation, WBE Certification is nationally recognized by government agencies at all levels: local, state and federal.

The formal process to obtain a WBE Certification is a rigorous process designed to reward successful businesses that are committed to quality, leadership and innovation. The WBENC has numerous requirements to become officially recognized as a Women’s Business Enterprise.

In addition to detailed documentation and financials, prospective businesses must complete and pass a site visit performed by one of the regional partner organizations of the WBENC. Only when the WBENC is satisfied that all requirements are fully met will the WBE Certification be awarded.

Four Reasons to Choose a Women-Owned Business

Earning an official designation as a WBE is important to us, and not just because our company is proud of our achievement. There are several reasons why choosing to work with a WBE is beneficial for customers:

1. Commitment to Quality Service

In any industry, quality service matters. We help utility companies and municipalities keep their services running smoothly through vegetation management, line clearance, herbicide application, and storm damage relief.

Since we deal with such mission-critical infrastructure, Townsend Tree Service has a high commitment to quality. This plays a significant factor in whether the WBENC will award a company with WBE Certification. In addition to our certification as a WBE, we were also the first company in the United States to be accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association in their Utility Contractor-Tree Service Company Accreditation program. This accreditation proves our commitment to going above and beyond industry standards for safety, performance and best business practices with our well-trained, professional staff.

2. Promoting Innovation with Women-Owned Businesses

While innovation isn’t gender specific, there is something to be said about working with women-owned businesses and companies offering out-of-the-box solutions. In expanding the range of business leadership, with many new women-owned businesses emerging, new ideas and powerful solutions can come to the forefront that might not have otherwise.

3. Increased Revenues and Profits with Women-Owned Businesses

Perhaps one of the most surprising reasons to partner with a women-owned business is profit. The Hackett Group, a global consulting group, conducted a comprehensive study that discovered a 130% return on investment for companies that select women-owned businesses as suppliers or contractors. Additionally, the potential increase in innovation can result in a competitive advantage that may boost the bottom line.

4. Economic Development for Diverse Markets and Supplier Diversification

Women-owned businesses are growing and expanding. Choosing to work with a WBE-certified business shows that your organization wants to contribute to the development of women-owned businesses, as well as local economies. By demonstrating your company’s commitment to supplier diversity, you offer a selling point to other organizations and government agencies seeking partners that support women-owned businesses.

Why Work with Townsend Tree Service for Your Vegetation Management Needs?

With the many advantages of partnering with a women-owned business, we made the decision to earn our WBE Certification for our customers and team alike. In addition to the effort we put into earning our certification, we always go the extra mile to make sure we do everything with the utmost care and high quality. We strive to meet and exceed all standards and regulatory compliance requirements. And we’re constantly innovating new ways to handle complex vegetation management problems to help your business.

In many ways, our WBE Certification is simply icing on the cake. But given the measurable benefits it provides, we are thrilled to share the news of our certification as yet another achievement under our team’s belt. Thanks again for your support. We’re excited to see what 2023 will bring!

Townsend Tree Service is a certified Women-owned Business Enterprise specializing in tree-trimming, line-clearance and integrated vegetation management services that keep electric power lines, communications lines, pipelines and roadways running safely. Contact us for more information.