DBE Certifications in Michigan
The State of Michigan offers Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications to qualifying companies within the state. These certifications offer greater equality and business opportunities for companies looking to win government and public contracts. Businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by a ‘disadvantaged’ member of the population, including women and minorities, may qualify for a certification. Small businesses can also qualify for DBE certifications. Michigan offers numerous statewide, local, and regional certification programs to improve participation and inclusion for certified businesses throughout the state.
Statewide Certification Programs
Michigan Unified Certification Program (MUCP)
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) offers statewide DBE certifications through the Michigan Unified Certification Program (MUCP). This program serves as a “one-stop shop” for disadvantaged businesses in the state, offering certifications and resources to encourage business success and growth. To qualify, businesses must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual and meet financial and size requirements. To apply, complete this application and Personal Net Worth (PNW) Statement and submit them to one of the following agencies:
- Detroit Department of Transportation
- Michigan Department of Transportation
- Wayne County Human Relations Division
- Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART)
Local and Regional Programs
Wayne County DBE Programs
Wayne County offers several certifications for small and disadvantaged businesses within the area. The program endeavors to provide equal and increased opportunities to all certified businesses within the county to improve and expand the local economy. To apply, click on the links below.
- DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise)
- MBE (Minority Business Enterprise)
- WBE (Woman Business Enterprise)
- SBE (Small Business Enterprise)
- EBE (Emerging Business Enterprise)
- FEP (Fair Employment Practice)
- TGCE (Targeted Growth Community Enterprise)
- CBE (Certified Business Enterprise)
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council MBE Program
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) offers countless resources for minority-owned businesses in Michigan, including Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certifications. With this certification, you can enjoy access to events, education, networking opportunities, and resources offered by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), this program’s national organization. Qualifying businesses must be at least 51% owned and operated by U.S. citizens in an ethnic minority. To apply, click on the link below.
Great Lakes Women’s Business Council WBE Programs
The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (GLWBC) works to connect women-owned businesses with government and corporate buyers in the region. To help these business women succeed, this organization offers resources, networking, and education through its national affiliate, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). To qualify for this WBE certification, businesses must be at least 51% owned and operated by a woman or women who are U.S. citizens. To apply, click on the link below.