Conger Industries: A Certified Women’s Business Enterprise
Conger Industries became a certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in September 2017. This certification qualifies Conger to be considered for contracts with corporations and government entities that seek vendor relationships with businesses owned and operated by women.
What is a Women’s Business Enterprise?
“A Women’s Business Enterprise, or WBE, is an independent business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or Legal Resident Aliens; whose business formation and principal place of business are in the U.S. or its territories; and whose management and daily operation is controlled by a woman with industry expertise.”
As majority owner of Conger Industries, Anika Conger-Capelle has been involved in the company full-time for 20 years. In 2007 she earned her MBA in business and since taking over as president in 2015 the company has grown to over 100 employees.
Anika’s active role as owner and operator is uncommon in the material handling industry, a traditionally male-dominated field. According to MHI only 29% of leadership positions within the industry are held by women. At the CEO level only 5% of these offices are controlled by women.
Women in the Material Handling Industry
Recently there has been growth of women entering the industry. Great strides are being made to recruit even more women to roles in material handling. Industry association, MHEDA in coordination with MHI launched its first Women in Industry Conference in November 2017. Their goal was to create networking opportunities for women in the industry. With more opportunities for women in material handling, the number of female leaders, like Anika, will grow as well.