March 1, 2016
M3 Business Service Network (M3) Earns Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Certification
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: M3, a talent recruitment and placement firm in Utica, NY has been certified as women owned by Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.
For M3, the certification provides access to opportunities across the country with public corporations and local, state and federal purchasing agencies that are either required or elect to allot a percentage of their business to women-owned companies.
M3, which has doubled its revenue since its inception in 2011, invested in the lengthy certification process to broaden the scope of their services on a national level. WBENC makes it’s over 12,300 certified businesses available to suppliers and also provides its members access to diversity and procurement executives.
In 2013, M3 received MWBE certification (Minority and Women Business Enterprises), the New York State equivalent to WBENC certification. M3 CEO Mary Malone McCarthy pointed out that while the state certification created opportunities, it was M3’s commitment to delivering quality service that helped the organization to grow and gain the trust of new clients.
She commented, “During the past year, the state MWBE certification has certainly opened many doors for us. But we grew so significantly because of the results we achieved and the relationships we built. We personally commit to our clients, first by building a very deep understanding of their business followed by a determination to deliver only world-class solutions. We take our business very personally, and we’re proud that our clients are long-term partners. I anticipate that WBENC will open national doors for us, but we will continue to focus on creating value that keeps our clients returning to us for their talent needs.”
The WBENC review process is rigorous – 23 percent of applicants are declined – and includes extensive documentation and an on-site visit. To qualify, a firm must demonstrate that 51 percent of its business is owned, managed, and directed by a woman or women on a daily basis. McCarthy says she began the application process one year ago and that it concluded in January following the regional WBENC visit. M3 now joins the ranks of nearly 12,300 certified WBEs, which on average have $7.7 million in annual revenue with 46 employees.
M3 was established in 2011 by CEO and President Mary Malone McCarthy to recruit top talent and offer staffing and coaching services by connecting organizations and people that can best meet each others’ needs. In 2013, M3 was accepted into Top Echelon, a network of national recruiters, and was awarded New York State Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) Certification. The business focuses on executive, mid-management and professional support staff but also assists with temporary work and professional services. McCarthy summarized the firm’s ethos: “We value every partnership and strive to exceed our customers’ expectations.”