EquiPro International Approved
As A Certified Woman-Owned Business

New York, NY—April 24, 2003

The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) in partnership with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) announced today that EquiPro International (EquiPro) meets the requirements and guidelines as established by WBENC to become certified as a woman-owned business. Certification means that a business is majority owned, operated and controlled by one or more females.

The WPEO is a non-profit organization with the mission of helping women entrepreneurs to build business with corporations. WBENC is a nonprofit organization committed to educating the public, the government and America’s corporations about the products and services available from companies owned, managed and controlled by women. The WPEO is a certifying partner to WBENC in the New York and Washington DC metropolitan areas.

“I am thrilled that EquiPro International has the ability to reach out to large corporations to provide our award winning Leadership, Team and Business Development programs. Being certified as a woman-owned business will give us equal access to consulting and training opportunities within large corporations who are committed to doing business with minority owned companies,” said Lynda McDermott, President of EquiPro.

To become a certified woman-owned business the following criteria apply: 51% ownership by a woman or women, proof of effective management, control of the business and US citizenship or US resident alien status.

Lynda McDermott founded EquiPro International in 1987. After leading the Human Resources Consulting Practices of two Big 8 accounting firms for eight years, and spending 80% of her time as an HR generalist, McDermott decided to start her own firm because she believed her unique ability was to help clients build their leadership, team and business development capabilities. Ms. McDermott has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and has two Masters Degrees in Organizational Development and Human Resource Development. In 1998 she co-authored the book World-Class Teams (©John Wiley), and in 1992 she authored Caught In The Middle: How To Survive and Thrive In Today's Management Squeeze (©Prentice-Hall).

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