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DBE / MBE / WBE and WMBE Certifications by State and US Territories



Benefits of becoming a 8a Certified Minority Owned Business include:


  • Greater than seventy percent of MBEs confirm an increase in revenue as a result of access to government and large corporate partners.
  • Referrals to local, regional and national member corporations..
  • Exposure to large national and regional companies
  • Connection with corporate buyers.
  • Participation in education programs and workshops to assist in personal and professional growth.
  • Opportunities to network with Corporate Members at various events and activities.
  • Second tier MBE to MBE business opportunities.

There are some states that have their own individual Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) program in conjunction with a DOT run Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program. In many cases these firms receive preferential treatment on some state bids for procurement. Also in many of the primary contracts there is often a requirement that some percentage of the work be performed by either a state designated M/WBE.

DBE – In 1983 Congress enacted DBE Statutory Provision whereby 10% of the funds authorized for the highway and transit financial assistance programs be expended with DBEs. There are three major agencies, the Federal Highway Administration, The Federal Aviation Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration that require DBE certified firms to partake in their projects.


The following are the requirements for being either WBE or MBE certified.
 
 
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Criteria that are key elements for becoming DBE certified.
There are some states that have their own individual Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) program in conjunction with a DOT run Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program. In many cases these firms receive preferential treatment on some state bids for procurement. Also in many of the primary contracts there is often a requirement that some percentage of the work be performed by either a state designated M/WBE.

The following are the requirements for being either WBE or MBE certified.




DBE, MBE and WBE Certifications are handled on a state by state basis. All

State

DBE

MBE or Equivalent

WBE

MBE/WBE Notes:

Alabama

Yes

 

 

10% of road contracts to go to DBE businesses.

Alaska

Yes

 

 

 

American Samoa

Yes

 

 

 

Arizona

Yes

Yes

 

City of Phoenix and Tucson SBE Program

Arkansas

Yes

Yes

 

Size Limit $10MM in annual revenue, Service Disabled Veterans are included in the program.

California

Yes

Yes

 

DBE 12.5% goal, $22.41MM average past three maximum size, personal net worth under $1.3MM, California United Certification automatically accepted by USDOT.  SCMSDC/MBE Certification differs from 8a in that heritage from the Iberian Peninsula does not qualify one as Socially Disadvantaged.

Colorado

Yes

Yes

 

CUPC Colorado Unified Certification Program, City of Denver Certifying Body

Connecticut

Yes

Yes

 

MBE Program $15MM not exceeded in post recent fiscal year.  Iberian Peninsula are regarded as Hispanic and therefore presumed disadvantaged.  Disabled people are also permitted to apply.

Delaware

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE (not Iberian Peninsula), WBE, WMBE

District of Columbia

Yes

Yes

 

MNSDC Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) no size limits.

Florida

Yes

Yes

Yes

State of Florida Certified Business Enterprise (minority, women, and service disabled veteran) certified under a particular group, African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, SDVBE Certified, Women Owned Certified.

Georgia

Yes

Yes

 

GDOT, MBE

Guam

Yes

 

 

 

Hawaii

Yes

 

 

 

Idaho

Yes

 

 

 

Illinois

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE/WBE/VBE Cook County, City of Chicago

Indiana

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE/WBE/WMBE

Iowa

Yes

Yes

Yes

TSB Targeted Small Business (minorities, women and persons with disabilities)

Kansas

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE / WBE (must be a small business by size standard)

Kentucky

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE / WBE (must be a small business by size standard)

Louisiana

Yes

 

 

 

Maine

Yes

 

 

 

Maryland

Yes

Yes

 

MNSDC Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) no size limits.

Massachusetts

Yes

Yes

Yes

SDO Certification (minority and women owned)

Michigan

Yes

Yes

Yes

Woman-owned business / Minority-owned business / Qualified disabled veteran / Qualified disabled / Veteran owned business

Minnesota

Yes

 

 

 

Missouri

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE / WBE (no size limit)

Montana

Yes

 

 

 

Nebraska

Yes

 

 

 

Nevada

Yes

Yes

 

MBE (no size limits found)

New Hampshire

Yes

 

 

 

New Jersey

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE / WBE (no size standards found)

New Mexico

Yes

 

 

 

New York

Yes

Yes

Yes

NY Unified Certification MBE WBE / NY Port Authority

North Carolina

Yes

Yes

Yes

HUB Certification (minorities, women, disabled individuals)

North Dakota

Yes

 

 

 

Northern Marianas Islands

Yes

 

 

 

Ohio

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE / EDGE (net worth under $250,000, one year business) WBE

Oklahoma

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE / WBE / City of Tulsa

Oregon

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Pennsylvania

Yes

 

 

PA UCP – (Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program) DBE / ACDBE (Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise)

Puerto Rico

Yes

 

 

 

Rhode Island

Yes

Yes

 

MBE – receive 10% of all dollar value of procurement or construction projects.

South Carolina

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE (must be a small business by size standards) City of Charleston W/MBE Certification.

South Dakota

Yes

 

 

 

Tennessee

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE / WBE / SDVBE

Texas

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE / WBE / Veteran Owned Business

Utah

Yes

 

 

UUCP (UDOT Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City Department of Airports SLCDA)

Vermont

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE & WBE Self Certify

Virginia

Yes

Yes

Yes

SWaM (Small, Women-owned, and Minority Owned Business) similar to MBE, WBE or WMBE (must be a small business, having less than 250 employees and under $10MM in revenue on average for the past 3 years)

Virgin Islands

Yes

 

 

 

Washington

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE, WBE, and MWBE (must be small business by NAICS size standard)

West Virginia

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE, WBE, and MWBE

Wisconsin

Yes

Yes

Yes

MBE, WBE, and MWBE

Wyoming

Yes

 

 

 

 
Criteria that are key elements for becoming DBE certified.
  MBE WBE
Ownership & Control At least 51% of the enterprise must be owned and controlled by a designated minority. At least 51% of the enterprise must be owned and controlled by a woman.
Qualifying Owner’s Personal Net Worth Limit: Net worth requirements vary depending upon each state. Net worth requirements vary depending upon each state.
Size Standards Vary State by State (see below) Vary State by State (see below)
Type of Business Any for-profit business that is independent working as either a primary or sub contractor. Any for-profit business that is independent working as either a primary or sub contractor.
Type of Contract Per contract basis, varying degree of advantage given Per contract basis, varying degree of advantage given
Who can apply Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Islander Americans, and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Woman
On-site Inspection Required for most in-state located firms Required for most in-state located firms
Years in business required to apply Many states the business must only be active, other states have one and two year requirements. Many states the business must only be active, other states have one and two year requirements.
Franchise Eligibility Franchises are ineligible for this program Franchises are ineligible for this program
 
MWBE Certification Package Details
Our MBE / WBE Certification Package includes the following:
  • Initial interview to insure your MBE or WBE application will be successful. We ask over fifty questions to make sure your application will be a success before we begin.
  • A document checklist is created and sent to the client. This will be a list of all the enclosures needed to complete the MBE application.
  • An analyst will work on your MBE or WBE package immediately upon submission to our firm.
  • We review all documentation submitted for potential problems. The state governments place a high level of scrutiny on MBE and WBE application and therefore review all documents thoroughly.
  • We will communicate with you (by e-mail and phone) all the way through the MBE and WBE application process insuring we are staying on the critical path for application completion.
  • An analyst will interview you and prepare the economically and socially disadvantaged narrative(s) that are a critical piece of your MBE or WBE application.
  • We will do the entire application, double-checking everything to be sure it meets all State guidelines and we will assemble the entire package (usually 3-4 inches thick) in a binder with a table of contents.
  • Finally, we will tab all the places in the M/WBE where your signature is needed and will send the completed package so you can sign and forward it to the State review board.
  • When we send it, your MBE or WBE application is ready for the State to review.
 



With an 8a application : $1000.00

 
WBE or MBE without 8a application : $3500.00