LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- E-learning leader ZipEdTech and its online marketplace ZipMart have been certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
Under General Order 156, the CPUC requires investor-owned utility companies with gross annual revenues in excess of $25 million (and their regulated subsidiaries) to develop and implement programs that increase partnerships with women and minority owned businesses, as a way to foster diversity and support women- and minority-owned firms.
Certifications are granted by The Supplier Clearinghouse, a CPUC-supervised entity whose primary purpose is to audit and verify the status of woman- and minority-owned businesses as well as establish and maintain a database of woman-, minority-, and service disabled veteran-owned businesses that are accessible to CPUC and to participating utilities. With this certification, ZipEdTech and its online marketplace ZipMart will be able to pursue contracts as a WBE business within the public utilities sector. Participating utilities include AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and Southern California Edison. The certificate is # 16000445.
"We are proud to be a woman-owned business and are excited at the prospect of working with California utility companies," said co-founder Anna Berger. "It's an honor to be part of the CPUC's efforts to increase opportunities for women and minorities."
The certification builds on the company's goal of making a positive impact on businesses and their communities by creating "Training that Matters". ZipEdTech continues to focus on issues of diversity and inclusion, and recently launched through its online marketplace ZipMart a transgender awareness training course aimed at creating a more welcoming culture and limiting potential discrimination claims in workplaces.
Oleg Shvarts, ZipEdTech's CEO, said, "ZipMart has long celebrated our female leadership despite being part of the male-dominated tech industry. In addition to creating professional training courses that matter, we're proud to be helping California fulfill its commitment to diversity in the business community by also supporting women- and minority-owned businesses like ours in industries across the state."
Inquiries regarding ZipMart and ZipMart courses: Marc Polansky (310) 405-4344
About ZipMart: ZipMart is a centralized marketplace for online education and workforce training. ZipMart partners with respected educators and experts to create practical, engaging and affordable online courses for businesses, professional associations, government entities and non-profit organizations. Through its nationwide network of chambers of commerce and white labelled corporate universities and portals, ZipMart meets the training needs of businesses and organizations of all sizes, as well as the continuing education demands of professionals and front-line workers.