Smart Scapes LLC is Now a Woman-Owned Business
If you've ever worked on a job, negotiated a contract, or done any business with a federal, state, county, township, or city committee, you probably heard the term "Woman-Owned Business Enterprise."
But what does it mean to be a women-owned company? Simply stated, the women-owned business classification exists on federal and state levels to empower female business owners. And since the Smart Scapes LLC hardscaping and landscaping business is owned by a woman (Misti Schmutz) and managed by women (Rhianne Rhoustom and Lori Mangrum) our team was the perfect candidate for this classification. We very well might be the only hardscaping and landscaping company in Middle Tennessee to qualify for this prestigious certification.
A Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (or WBE for short) is defined as one that is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by one or more female American citizens. Women-owned business ventures are given preference in U.S. federal contracts. And that preference system trickles down into the state level, as well as county, township, city, and even municipality levels.
What is the Significance of being a Women-Owned Business for Our Customers and Clients?
The significance here is unmistakable. Women-owned companies can garner more contracts and can, therefore, service more customers and clients. That means our hardscaping and landscaping company is now eligible for federal and state contracts. For contractors and business owners in Nashville who are working on or bidding on federal, state, county, or city jobs that require or encourage female-owned subcontractor businesses, our new certification allows us to service contractors on these jobs.
The fundamental goal behind Woman-Owned Business certification is to help women break through some of the barriers they traditionally experience in business. Both the Small Business Administration and the Office of Women's Business Ownership have recognized that women face traditional obstacles in entrepreneurship, barriers that stem from factors like the following:
- Social stigmas
- Cultural stereotypes
- Family and child-rearing responsibilities
- Historical trends and traditions
- Maternity needs and support
- Different educational backgrounds
- Different levels of career experience
- A comparative lack of community support
With those barriers in mind, (and with a sense of breaking down those barriers and creating a more fair, equitable marketplace), the Federal Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Certification was created.
How Smart Scapes LLC Can Better Serve You as a Women Owned Company
Smart Scapes LLC is a landscaping and hardscaping company, one which is dedicated to helping homeowners, business owners, and contractors. We help individuals and companies design and build beautiful works of art and incredible works of function in the form of permeable paver driveways, parking lots, patios, sidewalks, outdoor areas, walkways, all of which we surround with elegant and aesthetic landscaping.
When a building contractor or business owner is bidding on or working on a job that is contracted through federal or local government, the project managers and estimators will likely show preference to the contractor who hires on the help of a female-owned business. That's Smart Scapes LLC.
So the next time you're negotiating a contract for a building project or renovation, consider Smart Scapes LLC as your women-owned company. We are not only Nashville's best hardscaping contractor and landscape design group with over 25 years of experience in the industry, we're also a business that empowers and uplifts women to achieve their dreams in business.