[Naples, FLA] — Education experience company OptimaEd is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Name of RPO, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC Certification is the gold standard for women-owned business certification in the United States. 

Founded by education entrepreneur Erika Donalds, OptimaEd was started in 2017 with a mission to make classical education accessible to all students regardless of geography or financial background. Since its founding under Donalds’ pioneering leadership, OptimaEd has helped start five brick and mortar classical schools and the world’s first public virtual reality online school. 

“I am honored to have received this distinction from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council,” Erika Donalds, Founder and CEO, said. “Leading a certified woman-owned business allows me to be a role model, paving the way for future generations of women. I’m committed to using my platform to empower young people to discover their passions. 

The WBENC standard of certification implemented by the Name of WBE RPO is a meticulous process, including an in-depth review of the business and a site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women, and that the business has appropriate structure and strategic business planning and implementation in place.  

By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs, which in turn empowers women as leaders and brings about a more diverse, balanced and sustainable economy. 

WBENC Certification combined with professional development and engagement in the WBENC network provides unsurpassed opportunities year-round, both virtually and in-person, for women-owned businesses to grow and expand their business and innovation through events, programming and connections with major corporations and other WBEs. 

To learn more about OptimaEd, please visit OptimaEd.com. 


About OptimaEd: 

OptimaEd is an education experience company that aims to train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a content-rich classical education based on liberal arts and sciences. OptimaEd believes that every child deserves the truth, goodness, and beauty of a classical education, and is committed to scaling quality education experiences and making them accessible to all. 


About WBENC: 

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 18,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and more than 500 Corporate Members, most of which are Fortune 500. Thousands of corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, as well as many states, cities, and other entities, look for and accept WBENC Certification. Through the Women Owned initiative, WBENC also is a leader in supporting consumer-oriented female entrepreneurs and those who do business with them by raising awareness for why, where and how to buy Women Owned. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org and www.buywomenowned.com.