SCRANTON, PA – May 24, 2011 – Kalstar Enterprises, LLC, recently received its Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification for 2011-2012.
“Although logistics has traditionally been viewed as a male-dominated industry, Kalstar shows that women-owned businesses can thrive,” said Kelly Stark, co-founder of Kalstar Enterprises. “We look forward to Kalstar’s continued success.”
To receive WBENC certification, a company must be at least at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, or in the case of any publicly-owned business, at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the equity of which is owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Also, the company’s management and daily operation must be controlled by one or more of the women owners.
Eugene Kane’s daughters, Kathleen Calpin and Kelly Stark, worked for many years in various departments within the family business. Following in their father’s footsteps, they started Kalstar Enterprises in December of 2004. Headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Kalstar provides warehousing and packaging services in support of both manufacturing and distribution operations. The company has already grown to become one of the country’s largest minority-owned logistics business enterprises.
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its national standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.