Gaia Receives International Women-Focused Certification

Woman-owned, woman-led Gaia Group USA is excited to announce that our parent company, Gaia Group, Inc., headquartered in Shanghai, China, received WEConnect International Certification enabling the company to network with the organization’s registered buyers around the world.

“WEConnect International Certification bridges the gap between men and women in the business sector by offering women-owned businesses the same opportunities that are available for male-owned/led businesses. It is a tremendous asset for us as we connect with retailers interested in supporting women-owned businesses around the globe”, said Marie McGrath-Brown, President and General Manager of the U.S.-based company.

WEConnect International’s mission to educate, train, assess and connect women business owners with international buyers who are committed to global supplier diversity and inclusion is paving the way for women in business to expand at the Global level. Learn more in the video below.

The WEConnect International Seal of Certification guarantees prospective corporations that such companies have met the criteria for women’s business enterprises (WBEs).  In order to qualify, WBEs must be owned by one or more women who hold at least 51% ownership, management and control of the company must be by one or more women, have capital and/or expertise contribution by women, and operate independently from other non-certified businesses.

Purchasing goods from woman-owned companies not only supports the individual business, but the economy as a whole.  According to Women Owned, women-owned businesses are growing at one and a half times the U.S. national average and contribute over 1.5 trillion dollars to the U.S. economy, employ nearly 7.9 million people and have added 340,000 jobs since 2007.