Ohio – EDGE (Encouraging Diversity, Growth & Equity) & MBE

Ohio – EDGE (Encouraging Diversity, Growth & Equity) & MBE
(via Unified Application)

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Program Summary

Ohio’s provides the EDGE and MBE certifications, which may be applied for using a unified application process. The MBE program includes sheltered markets/set-aside contracts for supplies, general professional services, engineering /architectural services, and construction (Goal 15% set-aside).

The EDGE program applies to the same range of supplies and services, however, without set-asides (Goal 5% total spend). The EDGE program includes bond guaranty, mentor–protégé programs, and contract assistance. Companies may be EDGE certified for a maximum of 10 years.


Basic Eligibility Criteria


  • Owner must be Ohio resident and U.S. citizen.
  • The company must have completed at least 1 year in business.
  • The company must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a minority (MEB) or a person that has been socially and economically disadvantaged (EDGE).
  • Owner’s net worth must be less than $250,000 (when applying for program – ranges up to $750K during program participation).

*Additional minor eligibility criteria.


Typical Certification Applications

A high degree of commonality exists between the administrators for these programs. A summary of the key documents and processes was provided in the Overview Section for our State Unique programs. Please follow link to this content (link to section in overview).

Fee: $3,200.00 Buy Now

*Only $1000 when combined with 8(a) Certification

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