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Active Electrical Supply Earns Women’s Business Enterprise Certification

CHICAGO – Active Electrical Supply, a business that specializes in the sale of quality electrical and lighting products, has received certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise from Cook County and the City of Chicago, as well as with the State of Illinois Central Management Services. The WBE certification is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation and provides a marketing portal in increasing visibility among corporate and federal and government agencies.

Active Electrical Supply and Fox Lighting Galleries was opened in 1953 by Anton and Barbara Fox, and is celebrating its 60th anniversary as Chicagoland’s premier electrical and lighting supplier. The company has expanded recently to include an energy services division to help clients update their lighting systems with today’s energy saving retrofit options. Today, this family owned business is run primarily by Anton and Barbara’s grandchildren, Linda Fox and Susan Swan.

The process requires that women ownership be at least 51% with proof of contributions in capital and/or expertise, management of the business, and the ability to perform in their company’s expertise. This certification complements their federal certification as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), which allows Active to also participate in the WOSB Federal Contracting Program.

“We’re all very excited about the WBE certification and the new business opportunities it allows us to pursue,” stated President Susan Swan. “As the marketplace is ever changing, becoming WBE certified is going to certainly help with making sure our company expands and grows accordingly.”

For more information about the WBE program, visit http://www.wbenc.org/

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