WBENC Certification

Once again First American Business Solutions has received our WBENC certification renewal which is now good until June of 2018. Attached is the current certificate. And we are a WBENC- Certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Read more for common verbiage that can be used in RFP or inquiry responses. Keep it handy.

wbencFirst American Business Solutions is certified small disadvantage business. We are also a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises.

Certification is one of WBENC’s three core values: Certification, Opportunities, and Resources. Certifying women owned businesses is the foundation of WBENC’s mission, along with connecting WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) with WBENC’s Corporate Members to facilitate real time business opportunities and serving as a Resource to offer training that helps the Corporate Member and the WBENC-Certified WBE grow their capacity.
WBENC’s world-class certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. WBENC is also an approved Third Party Certifier for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program.

WBENC Certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. To achieve WBENC Certification, women owned businesses complete a formal documentation and site visit process which is administered by one of WBENC’s 14 Regional Partner Organizations. WBENC Certification gives women owned businesses the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC Corporate Members and government agencies.

President’s Piece – October 2017

A message to customers and employees….

Hurricane Irma narrowly missed our company’s HQ in Florida when at the very last minute Irma turned a bit more east away from the Tampa Bay area on September 11.  Disaster recovery plans apply to more than just data centers as our First American team successfully demonstrated with what was at first a category 4 storm headed directly for the Tampa Bay area.  Many of our employees are in the state and because our operation is 24/7 (including alarm monitoring and emergency dispatch services throughout the U.S) we needed to be proactive.   As the storm approached we were able to switch some of our operations to other staff in Virginia and Texas as our Florida team headed for the high ground (which in Florida is not all that high).   While a bit tense over the several days we were very fortunate that all of the First American Team was safe and thankfully did not suffer too much damage.

Our team in other states were able to seamlessly pick up the operation and support our customers.   We did not have one missed SLA during the entire storm and transition.   While DR planning is a part of every IT organization, it’s impossible to predict all possible scenarios.   At First American we keep core records in our Cloud data base system so key information is accessible from anywhere our team has access – assuming of course there is electricity.   We had some staff off line for a period of time but with our broad nationwide footprint we are able to distribute the work geographically.

Thanks to all our employees for their extra efforts and for keeping our customer’s operations running smoothly during the storm.   It’s great to have a dedicated team and an understanding customer base.

Now, hopefully the calm sunny Florida weather will remain for a long long time.