Women-owned small businesses exist across the manufacturing industry, but they remain underrepresented in certain sectors. In 2022, just 11% of all U.S. small manufacturing companies were owned by women.
To level the playing field, the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program limits competition for some government-funded jobs to small businesses that meet certain requirements. Through this program, the federal government grants at least 5% of all contracting dollars to certified women-owned small businesses. The program strives to address how WOSBs are underrepresented in key industrial sectors. The Small Business Administration (SBA) maintains a list of these sectors, and businesses must satisfy these three conditions to qualify for the WOSB Federal Contracting Program:
- Qualify as a small business under SBA’s size standards.
- Women must manage day-to-day operations and make long-term business decisions within the organization.
- Women with U.S. citizenship hold at least 51% ownership and controlling interest in the company.
Temper Corporation is a certified Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and we are proud to provide services to the government and other organizations.
About the Owner
Cynthia DeKuiper has owned Temper Corporation since 2018, and her leadership has greatly improved the company’s culture and operations. She has encouraged more internal communication and transparency between management and staff.
Before becoming the owner of Temper Corporation, Cynthia DeKuiper earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a graduate degree from Vanderbilt University. She has worked as a nurse practitioner since 2000, and today she continues to care for patients, run Temper Corporation, and raise and homeschool six children on her Michigan farm.
Since its founding, Temper Corporation has always been a family-owned company. The original founder and owner, DeKuiper’s stepfather John Rode, invented many of the company’s initial products. Since then, the company has continued designing and manufacturing its own products in-house. Under DeKuiper’s leadership, Temper Corporation has expanded its capabilities to include custom parts manufacturing, laser machining, and outside machining for local markets.
Women in Management
In all small businesses, every employee plays a crucial role. At Temper Corporation, a team of experienced women handles day-to-day operations and long-term decisions. The company culture fosters long-term employment, and many employees have been with Temper for at least 10 years. Some have been with Temper for over 25 years, with others even returning from retirement to grow the company. Three women in key management positions at Temper Corporation are Samantha Manko, Alice Stanavich, and Alexis Johnson.
Samantha Manko, Director of Administration
Before working at Temper, Samantha Manko was a bookkeeper in the banking industry and then an office manager and assistant to a controller. She went back to school and eventually applied in 2017 to work at Temper Corporation, where she worked her way up to become the Director of Administration.
Alice Stanavich, Administrative Assistant
Alice Stanavich is a valued employee of Temper Corporation with a 14-year tenure at the company. As an administrative assistant, she handles HR responsibilities, coordinates marketing and customer service, manages purchasing decisions, and more.
Alexis Johnson, Office Clerk
Alexis Johnson assists throughout the company by managing small purchasing tasks, taking customer calls, providing processing support, and more.
Temper Corporation Is Proud to Be a Women-Owned Small Business
With over 50 years in the industry and a focus on excellent company culture and customer service, Temper Corporation is proud to be a women-owned small business that provides reliable equipment and assemblies to our customers. Contact us today to learn more about our mission, products, and capabilities.