Chickapea, one of the world’s fastest growing organic pulse-based pastas founded in Collingwood, has received the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification.
The WBE Certification was issued after an assessment had been conducted by WEConnect International and it was verified that Chickapea is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.
“We are thrilled to be one of the latest recipients of WBE Certification and helping push a larger dialogue in the business world. Since our inception, we’ve been a proud women-owned business and have maintained a workforce that is predominantly female,” said Chickapea founder and CEO Shelby Taylor. “With International Women’s Day just around the corner, it is paramount for us to increase the presence of and opportunities for female entrepreneurs, and to continue making strides in areas such as closing the wage gap and ensuring women have the same opportunities as their male counterparts.”
Advantages that come with WBE certification include access to procurement executives at hundreds of major corporations and government entities, opportunities to connect and pursue business deals with other members, the use of the certified WBE seal on marketing materials and representation of women business issues in key forums.
The WBE certification joins several others that Chickapea already boasts including organic, B Corp, non-GMO, kosher and gluten-free.
WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, as well as managed and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers.
Photo: Chickapea is a nutrient-dense, high protein pasta made with only two ingredients, organic chickpeas and lentils. It looks, cooks and tastes like traditional pasta and is a great option for those looking for a more nutritious alternative to the comfort food they already know and love.