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WBENC Certification

LPM Franchises dba Seasonal Specialties, Currier & Chives, and 5 & Diner Certified as a National Women's Business Enterprise through the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

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SDO Certification and Supplier Diversity Office

LPM Franchises, LLC is wholly owned by Laurie J. Watson and is a SDO Certified Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

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Certification is the process by which the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO), formerly known as State Office for Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) reviews and investigates applicants who seek to participate in affirmative business opportunities to determine that they meet the requirements of state statutes and regulations.

SDO is an agency within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts helping promote the development of business enterprises and non-profit organizations owned and operated by minorities or women. In addition to its service to minority and women business enterprises, SDO has the responsibility to certify businesses that meet certain criteria.

SDO certification is a marketing tool used to enhance a firm's ability to do business in public markets. Although certification does not guarantee that a business will be successful every time it bids, it may add a competitive edge to a bid. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts spends more than $4 billion each year doing business with firms. More than $240 million of this amount is targeted to SDO certified minority and women businesses. Becoming SDO certified can help firms seeking contracts with the government.

In addition, SDO also assists government agencies in meeting their affirmative purchasing and contracting goals. It does this by providing business development assistance to certified companies through information on procurement opportunities and business resources.

Finally, SDO publishes a directory of certified minority and women business enterprises and certified minority and women-controlled, non-profit organizations. The directory is searchable online, and may also be downloaded.


Benefits of Partnering with Us:

  • Helps government agencies in meeting their affirmative purchasing and contracting goals.

  • Helps private organizations in meeting their affirmative purchasing and contracting goals.

  • Fulfill WBE utilization requirements.