|[July 28, 2014]
NERI Double-Certified as Women's Business Enterprise
WATERTOWN, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
New England Research Institutes (NERI), a specialty contract research
organization (CRO), has now been formally certified as a women-owned
business by both the Women's Business Enterprise National Council
(WBENC) and the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC).
"These certifications enhance opportunities for NERI to provide our
clients with supplier diversity, validates our commitment to customer
service, and stimulates prospective partnerships," says Sonja McKinlay,
President. "We are also certified as a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
for government contracting."
In addition to being officially "woman-owned" NERI is also very
"woman-friendly" by actively promoting a healthy work-life balance and
striving to eliminate barriers to women's advancement in the workplace.
"NERI has always been vigilant in all hirings and promotions to ensure
that equal pay is maintained across a diverse work force, of which 70%
are female," says McKinlay. In addition, she notes, approximately 90% of
NERI supervisors are female.
"This certification is an important validation of our business model,"
says Sandra Siami, NERI's Vice President, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs.
"The more visibility women gain as business leaders, the better it is
for all of us. Thse certifications not only benefit NERI, but also our
clients and vendors."
NERI is a global, privately held specialty Contract Research
Organization providing customized clinical trial solutions and patient
registry services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biomaterial and
medical device companies. NERI also has extensive experience
collaborating on federally-funded research with organizations like the
National Institutes of Health. Since its founding in 1986, NERI has
earned widespread recognition for its scientific credibility,
efficiency, and expertise in conducting clinical trials in a variety of
medical specialties. For more information, visit www.neriscience.com.
The WBENC certification for women-owned businesses is one of the
most widely-recognized and respected certifications in the nation and is
accepted by over 700 major corporations across the country and a number
of federal and government agencies. Companies seeking WBE certification
by WBENC must be demonstrably 51% owned, controlled and operated by a
woman or women. The organization not only reviews a company's lengthy
application, but also conducts site visits. WBENC is the leading
third-party certification organization for women-owned businesses and is
a powerful advocate for WBEs as suppliers to corporate America.
ABOUT THE NWBOC
The National Women Business Owners Corporation was created in response
to needs identified by the Procurement Special Interest Group of the
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO.) The investigation
revealed that to a large degree corporate America and government
agencies had not received, nor recognized, the benefits of contracting
with women suppliers. Only a small fraction of corporate and government
contracts were with women-owned firms. This mindset prevented purchasers
from obtaining the best value in their procurements, and it limited
women business owners from penetrating these markets, which has stymied
their business growth. Research has shown that after developing supplier
partnerships with women-owned firms, many companies and government
agencies have enhanced their bottom line for their shareholders, and
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