Anchorage, AK – October 5, 2015 – Beacon Occupational Health & Safety Services (Beacon) has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC is a visionary organization whose mission is to fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying and facilitating development of women-owned businesses.
Founded by Holly Hylen in 1999, Beacon has been a pioneer in the realm of Alaska’s workforce development providing occupational health, safety, training, remote medical, and clinical services. Sixteen years later, Hylen remains at the helm leading this woman-owned and –operated business with more than 320 employees throughout North America. From its humble beginnings, operating out of a trailer hitched on the back of a Dodge Ram to the international single-source solution it is today, Beacon’s commitment to occupational health and safety continues to shine bright.
“The average worker spends one-third of their adult life on the job. We want to make sure that the time workers spend onsite is safe and productive. For us, occupational health and safety is about more than a drug test or a physical exam. It’s about people,” said Hylen.
By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to developing a diverse network of qualified vendors and suppliers.
WBENC’s stringent national standard of certification requires an in-depth review of a business as well as a site inspection. The process is designed to confirm that the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and managed by a woman or women, with documented evidence of contribution of capital and/or expertise.
“Beacon is proud to be a part of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. We are committed to providing rock star customer service and operational excellence as well as having fun along the way,” said Hylen.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC fosters diversity in the world of commerce. Diversity promotes innovation, opens new channels of revenue and creates partnerships which provide opportunities that fuel the economy. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country.