Certifications vary from state to state, but the main certifications you will find throughout the United States are as follows.
While the WBE (Women-Business Enterprise), MBE (Minority-Business Enterprise), and DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) State certifications are the most prevalent throughout the country, GSE is proud to provide services for other certifications such as:
- NMSDC MBE
State Certification Benefits
Although state certifications range in eligibility requirements, the benefits of securing a certification within your state are all very similar.
Above all else, State Certifications will give your business a leg up in State, Local, and Municipal spending.
State Certifications also give firms access to purchasing networks that otherwise cannot be utilized. For the most part, an average entity can’t sell to corporate or nationally known companies. These giant corporations are often required to feature supplier diversity programs. These programs will give a percentage of their spending to certain State Certified companies just like yours.
More benefits of state certifications include:
- Listed in National Supplier Databases
- Training and educational programs exclusive to Women-owned businesses
- Networking opportunities
- Connections with buyers looking to meet subcontracting goals
- Access to purchasing agents
- Mentorship programs
Extra benefits can be seen based on the Certification you receive in your respective state.
A Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification is a state-level designation for businesses 51% owned and operated by one or more American citizens considered an “ethnic minority.”
While Federal Government certifications receive the most set-aside funding, state-level certificates offer more accessible qualification criteria. This is ideal for businesses that do not yet meet the requirements for Federal Certifications.
The minimum requirements to qualify as an MBE Certified business with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) or a local MBE program administered by a city, county, or state are:
- United States citizens
- 51% owned, operated, capitalized, and controlled by a member(s) of a presumed minority group
- The top executive officer responsible for managing daily operations has experience in the firm’s primary business specialization.
As an additive, legal residents with green cards are accepted by most MBE programs administered by a city, county, and state.
There are two types of DBE Certifications recognized in the United States. The Department of Transportation DBE and the State DBE. The U.S. DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification is recognized in every state of the union and could be one of the most profitable certifications possible of acquiring.
Both DBE Certifications require your business to be owned, controlled, and operated by government-recognized disadvantaged groups. If you own a small business and fall within such a group, you could be missing out on Government Contracting opportunities.
Thanks to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) being in control of the DBE Certification, eligibility is almost identical in all states. The following requirements are needed to qualify for the DBE Certification:
- A for-profit business 51% owned and controlled by one or more U.S. Citizens, or a legal resident (green card), who are socially and economically disadvantaged and fall into any of the following groups:
- Asian-Pacific Americans
- Hispanics (people of Spanish descent)
- Subcontinent Asian Americans
- African Americans
- Native Americans
- Annual average income must not exceed $26 million.
- The top executive officer, responsible for daily operations, is a disadvantaged individual with technical expertise.
What GSE Can Do for Your Business
Paperwork, complex language, and adhering to Government policies can be a nightmare when attempting to obtain State Certifications on your own.
GSE is a third-party Government Contracting service that will help your business become certified the right way. With decades of experience helping businesses of all sizes get connected to Government spending, you won’t find a better team. We have the know-how to help you accomplish your goals. Call today to get started on the State Certification that is right for your firm.
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