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

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

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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.



Edge Qualifications

  • Owner must be Ohio resident and U.S. citizen.
  • The company must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual.
  • Socially disadvantaged requirements include race, ethnic origin, gender, physical/mental disability or long-term residency in an environment isolated from mainstream Ohio society. 
  • Economically disadvantaged criteria includes the following:
  • Owner’s net worth must not exceed $250,000 at the time of program entry.
  • Owner’s net worth (each owner) must not exceed $750,000 after admittance into the program.
  • Fair market value of all assets must not exceed $4 million.

Ohio MBE Eligibility

  • The business must be a for-profit entity.
  • In business at least 1 year prior to applying for certification.
  • The minority business owner must own and control at least 51 percent for one year prior to applying for certification.
  • Owner must be an Ohio resident.
  • Owner must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Owner has control over day-to-day operations.
  • Owner must have all licenses, permits and authorities required by law to perform the scope of work.

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).

Ohio Edge: $2,800.00 Buy Now

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

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