History of INTREN and WBE
A few years after working with ComEd, a suggestion came to Loretta that she become certified as a Women’ Business Enterprise (WBE). Being that Trench-It was a 100% woman-owned business, Loretta applied for her initial certification through the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) in 1993 and has renewed her certification every year since.
Diversity Mentorship Program
With diversity inclusion and employee empowerment as top company values, we have found a meaningful way to help change lives and assist fellow Minority/Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE) succeed in the construction industry and beyond with guidance through our Diversity Program. At INTREN, we are able to embrace and add value to fellow M/WBE organizations by educating them on M/WBE guidelines and on diverse work types which will deliver more contractor options in the future. More information and resources for women business owners can be found at http://www.expertise.com/small-business/resources-for-women-owned-businesses.
As a result of our diversity mentoring program, INTREN to date has internally vetted 70 industry-related vendors or contractors; of those, 51 have been engaged as subcontractors on INTREN work and two have progressed to achieve prime contractor status. For INTREN, these successes signify a promising future where diversity inclusion is a touchstone of the construction industry and where helping fellow companies succeed furthers INTREN’s diversity mission.
How to Become a Vendor or Contractor
INTREN is WBE- and WBENC-certified through the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
One of our key priorities at INTREN is second tier participation with other M/WBE contractors and vendors. Loretta, and all of INTREN, is committed to embracing and mentoring other M/WBE companies and helping them reach their goals. Our Diversity Mentoring Program adds value by developing minority contractors and vendors on diverse work types, in turn, delivering more M/WBE contractor and vendor options to work with in the future. To learn more about how to become a contractor or vendor with INTREN, contact us at 815.923.2300.