CERTIFYING YOUR DIVERSE BUSINESS CAN OPEN NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS GROWTH.

In addition to federal government contracts, many state and local governments have committed a percentage of their contract spend to diverse-owned businesses. This also extends to the corporate world, where many large businesses have been recognized for their supplier-diversity programs.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification is a denotation that is awarded to businesses that are at least 51% owned by a ‘disadvantaged’ member of the population. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is a term that refers to a wide array of business certifications available to businesses that are owned and operated by a “disadvantaged” member of the population, which can be women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, or other businesses deemed disadvantaged due to their size, location, or other group that is socially or economically disadvantaged.

DO YOU QUALIFY AS A DIVERSE BUSINESS?

A diverse business can be certified in several ways. You may benefit from more than one certification, based on your business goals.

Businesses can be certified as:

LGBT-OWNED

Small businesses that are majority owned, managed, operated, and controlled by LGBT individuals can stand out from the competition with an LGBTBE certification. By getting certified, LGBT business owners show that they are a diverse organization that is considered ‘disadvantaged’ by the U.S. government. This distinction can help you join a network of other LGBT business owners, get access to exclusive contracts, and assist you in your business dealings.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LGBT BUSINESS CERTIFICATION

VETERAN-OWNED OR SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED

The VOSB certification is available for small businesses that are majority owned and managed by a veteran who is directly involved in the day-to-day operations. With this certification, veterans gain a competitive edge for winning government contracts and attracting customers. As a business group that is considered ‘disadvantaged’ in the U.S., certifying your business can help in your present and future operations.

LEARN MORE ABOUT VETERAN BUSINESS CERTIFICATION

WOMAN-OWNED

WBE Certification is the certification awarded to businesses that are majority owned by women.  Women-owned businesses are considered to be an ‘economically disadvantaged’ segment within the U.S. population. These programs generally apply to all companies that are located within the contiguous United States and are at least 51% woman-owned and controlled.

READ MORE ABOUT WOMAN OWNED BUSINESS CERTIFICATION

Where can I certify my business?

There are several nationally recognized certifications for diverse-owned businesses and many local programs available. It’s up to you to decide which fits best. Evaluate options in your state and evaluate the national programs below to get started.

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DBE Certification by State

How much does certification cost?

Application fees vary and can range based on the size of your business. Generally, it costs several hundred dollars up to $1,000. Usually, certification must be renewed on an annual basis, and the process can take 30 to 60 days to finish.

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