Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company is setting a precedent for our industry—and I’m not just talking about as an artisan cheesemaker. This week, the company announced it has received its national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise and a Women-Owned Small Business certification (WOSB) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
“As co-owners and co-leaders, my sisters and I are so proud to have met the rigorous criteria of WBENC to become a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, and thankful to the organization for all it does to support women-owned businesses,” said Jill Giacomini Basch, CMO. “WBENC certification will open sales opportunities with government and institutional organizations that have diversity and inclusion purchasing policies. More importantly, the certification highlights our commitment to diversity, employee empowerment, and progressive policies toward inclusion.”
With International Women’s Day taking place last Sunday (March 8), the timing of Point Reyes’ latest honor couldn’t be more perfect. According to a press release, WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process that includes an in-depth review of the business and a site inspection, with the certification process designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.
“Our focus is to create a work environment that supports women with work life balance, strong leadership, and opportunities for growth,” shared Lynn Giacomini Stray, COO. “As a family business, we contribute to the economy and our local community with a woman’s perspective on enhancing personal and professional development. We care about the big things and little things in life, understanding that women wear many hats. Over 55 percent of our workforce are women, and we lead by example.”
And this prestigious certification not only benefits Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese—which specializes in producing hand-crafted, artisan cheeses and distributes its growing product line throughout the U.S. and the world. In fact, by including women-owned business among its suppliers, retailers, foodservice operators, corporations, and government agencies begin to take an active role in fostering diversity and developing supplier diversity programs.
“We are also especially proud to be in the good company of other WBENC-certified businesses, and we look forward to being active participants in the organization by contributing to the support of other businesses led by women. Our inclusion in this group honors the legacy of strong women in our family history that pushed us to become the leaders that we are today,” concluded Diana Giacomini Hagan, CFO.
Congratulations to Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. on this very exciting honor!
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