Certifications

Saybr is a woman-owned small business; Karen Say-Valadez has been the majority owner of the company since its inception in 1997. Based on her personal history with the challenges disadvantaged business owners experience in starting and growing their businesses, Karen has become a passionate proponent of the WMBE community. She volunteers a large percentage of her time to serving on diversity outreach committees, teaching best business practices to emerging WMBE businesses at local colleges and small business events, and providing one-on-one mentorship to fellow WMBE business owners.

Below is a list of Saybr’s current certifications:

  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Certification No.: D2F6015818 (DBE) and W2F0015818 (WBE), Certifying Agency: State of WA Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises,
  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), Certification No. 246943, Certifying Agency: Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Certification No.: 3975, Certifying Agency: State of Oregon, Office of Minority, Women & Emerging Small Business

Awards

Saybr has received numerous awards throughout its history, including the following:

  • Puget Sound Business Journal: 10th Largest Woman-Owned Business in Washington - 2012
  • Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.: WA Excellence in Construction Award - 2012
  • Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.: WA Excellence in Construction Award - 2010
  • Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.: National Excellence in Construction Award - 2008

Saybr’s President and CEO, Karen-Say Valadez, has received several awards, including the following:

  • S. Small Business Administration: 8(a) Graduate of the Year - 2011
  • Women Business Owners: Nellie Cashman Finalist - 2008
  • S. Small Business Administration: WA State Small Business Person of the Year - 2007
  • S. Small Business Administration: Region 10 Small Business Person of the Year - 2004