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The Cadre Difference

The Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) certification for women-owned businesses is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation, one in which many corporations, including Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Exxon Mobil, have trusted to meet their needs. 

Cadre CEO & Chairman, Sandra Laney, sees the key driver of supporting WBEs not in compliance, but in economic development, as women-owned businesses are emerging as one of the fastest-growing segments in our nation's recovering economy. Established in 1992, Cadre has become the premier enterprise solutions provider. As a pioneer in the security industry, we have crafted a best practice approach for thousands of customers worldwide. 

WBE certification ensures that Cadre will continue to develop opportunities in management training, mentorship and networking, resulting in optimization of resources and continuous improvement in our approach to serving our customers. 

Why Diversity?

  • The number and economic contributions of women-owned firms continue to rise at rates higher than the national average – with even stronger business formation rates seen since the recession

  • As of January 2017, there are an estimated 11.6 million woman-owned businesses in the United States that employ nearly 9 million people and generate more than $1.7 trillion in revenues

  • Between 1997 and 2017, the number of women-owned firms increased by 114%, compared to a 44% increase among all businesses - a growth rate more than 2.5 times the national average

  • The employment growth rate over the past 20 years was stronger for women-owned businesses than for all businesses: 27% vs. 13%