Assura Obtains Women's Business Enterprise (WBENC) Certification

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Certification Provides Opportunities for Growth

Karen Cole, Assura's CEO

“We see significant potential to build relationships with major corporations," said Karen Cole, Assura CEO.

Assura, Inc. an award-winning Governance, Risk, and Compliance services firm, achieved certification by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) on April 22, 2014 as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE). WBENC was founded in 1997 and is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States.

“The WBENC certification is the gold standard certification for corporations and government organizations who want to improve their supplier diversity and benefit from using women-owned businesses,” said Karen Cole, Assura’s CEO.

Obtaining the WBENC certification is a lengthy and involved process that evaluates all aspects of the business. It is a rigorous, multi-faceted business application and review process that is conducted by a trained Certification Review Committee to ensure that women-owned businesses applying for certification are 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or group of women and is properly managed. This stipulation is a requirement upon which WBENC was founded and is a key service to Corporate Members interested in doing business with women-owned businesses.

When asked about the impact of this certification to Assura’s business, Cole said, “We see significant potential to build relationships with major corporations that want to leverage Assura’s expertise in cybersecurity, business continuity, enterprise risk management, and compliance and who want independent assurance of our company’s ongoing sustainability.”


Assura is a woman-owned consulting firm focused on Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) with concentrations in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), cybersecurity, continuity planning, and Information Technology (IT) management and audit. As the GRC landscape becomes more complex, Assura is at the leading edge of delivering solutions to these challenges. Their clients rely on them to help tackle the daunting task of navigating through the confusing array of regulations in a way that scales to their business and improves performance without exceeding their budgets. Assura’s innovations such as Calibrated Risk Index® (CRI), Aggregate Risk Quantification (ARQ™), and the AuditArmor™ Guarantee provide executives with the information they need to make informed risk decisions that produce improved business results. For more information, visit

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.

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