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Heather Cox and Co-Founder, Julie Auslander were inspired to create Certify My Company, a diversity consultancy to provide the tools needed for qualified diverse suppliers to become nationally certified, and link to each other and large corporations to increase revenue, connect to events, share knowledge and motivation. Both founders recognized the need for qualified diverse suppliers to engage with a corporation’s supplier diversity efforts. Certify My Company drives the goal of inspiring and guiding diverse business growth.

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Heather Cox

Within small to medium sized businesses, Heather Cox is an accomplished sales and operations executive with over a decade of experience.   Currently, she is Co-founder and COO of Certify My Company, a diversity consultancy. Heather, along with her co-founder,  wanted to be able to help women, minority and LGBT business owners, that qualify;  certify their businesses to become part of the ranks and privileges that certification brings.  To those ends, Certify My Company was born with the goal of inspiring and helping diverse businesses grow while having more fun and time doing it. 

Certify My Company provides the inspiration needed for business owners by helping them get their qualified businesses nationally certified, helping link them with large corporations and each other to increase revenue, connecting them to events and sharing expert knowledge and motivation. 

Additionally, Certify My Company is the comprehensive resource for Corporate Diversity Managers to grow and reach their diversity goals. Heather and her team are in a unique position offering the opportunity to liaise between the corporations and their diversity vendors.

Heather’s passion for supporting diverse vendors stretches beyond the walls of Certify My Company.  She has been a part of the Steering Committee for the WPEO NY, a member of the WBENC Forum Marketing Committee, Co-Chair of the Each One Reach One Campaign, Served as Vice President of Diversity for the National Association of Women Business Owners and is a member of the Advisory Board for SuperBowl XLVIII.

On a more personal note, Heather is the mother of a 5 year old girl and a 3 year old boy.  When she is not working with diversity business owners, she enjoys sharing not-so-quiet moments with her effervescent little ones.  Her husband, number one fan, and partner in parenthood rounds out the edges of an entrepreneurial life.  In addition, Heather tries to find time for yoga, running, boot-camp and baking.   As a former acro-gymnast, tight rope walker and juggler, she finds exercise helps her balance her life.  Heather earned her BA in Spanish Language from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Julie Auslander

A differentiated marketing strategy is key. Consumers have a plethora of choices. What makes one florist different from another, one printer, one painter, one IT company? Service, cost? It all sounds the same.

If you are a women owned business, minority owned business, LGTB owned business; differentiating yourself by certifying your company as such will separate you from the pack.

Minority Businesses are looking for additional opportunities to do business with Fortune 500 companies and Federal Government agencies. That is terrific, because many of the Fortune 500 companies through their supplier diversity initiatives have annual diversity spend goals. These goals serve to promote the inclusion of diverse suppliers into their supply chain. Certification is key to winning those contracts!! These large organizations can ONLY count spend with CERTIFIED suppliers. Therefore, being a certified diverse supplier is a competitive advantage. By actively seeking out Certification is key to winning these contracts!!

I have reaped the benefits of being certified for the last 13 years.

Did you know that the majority of female business owners in the U.S are generating under $100,000, and 80% of them under $40,000 a year? It is hard to run a business day in and day out, to worry about every customer, supplier and pay for health insurance while also having families. But if you aren't making enough money to compensate for your hard work, then life can be really hard.

Certification enables Minority owned company's to be nationally recognized by hundreds of major U.S. corporations and several public agencies as a certified. Certification gets a business access to a current list of thousands of supplier diversity and procurement executives at major U.S. corporations and other entities that recognize the importance of certification. Having the Certification member seal displaying a minority owned business can actively help the business stand to out from the competition. Once certified, you have joined the businesses that are seriously dedicated to advancing the success of minority owned businesses. Minority owned businesses promotes diversity, best practices and research to elevate that status of its members. As a certified business, you are invited to participate in many networking events and special programs which increase your visability and are designed with the sole purpose of bringing your business to the next level.

Julie Auslander is a successful 7x serial entrepreneur. Having reaped the benefits as one of the originally certified WBENC companies back in 1997, Julie realizes the importance of being certified and the challenges of doing so. When sitting on the New York WPEO Certification Committee, she saw the number of rejected or tabled applications and the time wasted by the committee in dealing with them. As well, many applicants never submit or resubmit their requests.

Julie wanted to be able to have as many other minority owned businesses that qualify, seek and certify their businesses and become part of the ranks and privileges that certification brings. To those ends, CMC was born. Our mission is to simplify the arduous certifying process which is what makes it worth its weight in gold. Certify MY Company is here to personally coach applicants through the mountain of paperwork that is required. More than 60% of applications submitted get rejected for certification due to poorly filled out, incomplete or misunderstood paperwork causing unnecessary delays or abandon opportunities. Like everything else in life, you get out of your certification what you put in. With the goal of inspiring and helping minority owned businesses grow their businesses and have more fun and time doing it, CMC provides the inspiration needed by helping get their qualified businesses nationally certified, helping link them with large corporations and each other to increase revenue, connecting them to events and sharing expert knowledge and inspiration. In an effort to further strengthen minority owned businesses so they can strengthen their communities, Certify My Company donates time, money and resources to organizations benefiting minority businesses. We are here to help.

Julie continue to make a difference in the lives of minority owned businesses through her businesses and her volunteer community activities. To address the needs of women going through the growing pains of their business process, CMC was born and is a place where support, shared resources, and inspiration is offered to connect minority owned businesses with each other and corporations to meet their goals.

Everywhere she goes, Julie is a constant advocate for women's personal and professional success. CMC speaks on various topics relating to minority owned businesses and the growth of their businesses. Julie has been featured nationally in Entrepreneur Magazine, writes a weekly expert blog for FASTCOMPANY Magazine( www.fastcompany.com/blog/julie-auslander/company-you-keep-0) and an award recipient 5 years running for the INC. Magazine 5000 fastest growing companies, Top WBE 2008, The Diversity Business.com award, Enterprising Women of the Year Award and NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business award.

2013 Smart CEO Award

2012, 2011, 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence

2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Semi Finalist

2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Semi Finalist

2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Finalist

WBENC Star Award 2012 WPEO Star

Leading Women Entrepreneur Award 2012

2012 Garden State Woman of the Yr Honoree

Inc. Magazine's 5000 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Fastest Growing Companies U.S

WPEO WBE Done Deals Award 2011

WPEO WBE to WBE Done Deals Award 2012

THE MARY LEHMAN MACLACHLAN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AWARD 2009

2008 Top 50 Women owned Business in New Jersey

Certify My Company's star shines on both the local and national levels and wants to help other organizations that are working to the same ends shine brightly as well. Everyday we are fortunate to be among amazing minority owned businesses who make our community and world an exceptional place!

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