STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Minitab Inc., a developer of statistical analysis and process improvement software, has received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Working with women-owned businesses is a primary way organizations demonstrate their commitment to diversity and develop their supplier/vendor diversity programs. The WBENC is the leading advocate of women-owned businesses, and its WBE certification is accepted by over 1,000 major corporations, nonprofit organizations, as well as many local, state and federal agencies.

Certification requires a rigorous review process to confirm the business is owned, managed, and controlled by a woman or women. The benefits include easier access to business opportunities and inclusion in the WBENC’s online database of certified WBEs, which major corporations use to find vendors.

"We are very proud to receive this recognition," says Yvette Rauff, Minitab’s chief operating officer. “Minitab’s certification as a woman-owned business will help us continue to grow, and make our products and services even more attractive to many corporations and government agencies." Minitab Statistical Software, the company’s flagship product, was introduced in 1972. Its combination of powerful statistical methods and ease of use led to wide adoption both in business and statistics education. One of the original developers, Dr. Barbara Ryan, is Minitab's President and CEO. Minitab Statistical Software is the leading software used to implement Six Sigma worldwide. Thousands of successful companies, including 3M, Caterpillar, Honeywell, Bank of America and the leading Six Sigma consultants, use Minitab to improve their businesses and achieve world-class quality. Minitab also is used teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities.

Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in the United Kingdom, France, and Australia and has additional representatives throughout the world. For more information, visit