Carstens Inc. Receives National Recognition and Certification as a Women-Owned Business
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Carstens Inc. Receives National Recognition and Certification as a Women-Owned Business

Carstens Inc., a leading manufacturer of healthcare support products headquartered in Chicago, IL, has received certification as a women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

To become certified by WBENC, a company must go through an in-depth review and a site inspection to confirm that it meets all of WBENC’s rigorous eligibility requirements. The requirements focus on female ownership, high-level control, and management of daily operations. While Carstens has been serving the healthcare industry for over 125 years, it recently became 100 percent women owned and operated in 2014.

This certification will provide many advantages for Carstens, which will ultimately benefit their customers. Healthcare facilities and businesses that are committed to purchasing from diverse and local companies will have Carstens meeting both criteria. Carstens is proud to be a nationally certified women-owned business that manufactures all of their products in the USA.

“We are honored to receive this certification from the WBENC. This certification strengthens our relationships with facilities and businesses that value diversity and will lead to new opportunities,” said Carstens’ President and CEO Barbara Vanderkloot. “I am also proud to join other WBENC certificate holders to show that being a woman and owning a business is possible.”


Founded in 1997, WBENC is the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 12,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations provide numerous opportunities for interactions between more than 650 member corporations, government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at business building events and other forums. For more information, please go to

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