A program designed to assist

minority businesses in obtaining state government contracts

The State of Ohio developed the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program because it is committed to making all state contracts, services, benefits and opportunities available without discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry.

MBE

Applying for Certifications:

To apply for the MBE, EDGE, WBE, and VBE programs, visit the Ohio Business Gateway electronic filing system.

State Tools for Business:

Information about starting, managing, and growing your business in Ohio.

MBE / EDGE Business Tool Kit:

Tools to help you make the most of your MBE/EDGE certification. 

Minority Business Enterprise Certification

MBE Eligibility Requirements

The business owner must be members of one or more of the following groups:

  • African-Americans
  • Native American
  • Latinos
  • Asians

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • The business must be a for-profit entity.
  • The company must have been in business at least one year prior to applying for certification. This requirement shall not apply to joint venture applicants.
  • The business must be at least 51 percent owned and ultimately controlled by one or more of the person(s) belonging to the following groups: African-Americans, American-Indians, Hispanics and Asians for one year prior to applying for certification.
  • The owner of the business must be an Ohio resident.
  • The owner of the business must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Possess requisite knowledge of the business and industry in which he/she is applying.
  • Have day-to-day control over the business and must exercise final authority over all aspects of the daily operations of the business, including, but not limited to operations, financial, business management, human resources and policy decisions.
  • Demonstrated capability and/or expertise within classifications identified for a period of one year prior to certification.
  • Possession of all licenses, permits and authorities required by law to perform the scope of work within classifications requested.

Steps to Certifcation

  1. Fill out new client form
  2. Contact MBAC office for documentation review prior to completing on-line application
  3. Visit Ohio Business Gateway
  4. Log in using username and password (OH|ID)
  5. Ensure “Equal Opportunity Division” is among available service areas
  6. Ensure “Unified Application” is among available transaction types
  7. Ensure filing access (read, edit, submit) is available — work with your account’s Gateway filing administrator
  8. Select “Unified Application” and complete the form
  9. Click “File” button on the Summary page to see a confirmation page (and print completed application)
  10. Submit supporting documentation as required to das-eod.bccu@das.ohio.gov.

Main Office

2303 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone: 513.751.9900
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Satellite Office

1862 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
Working Remotely: Email
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Contact Us

Main Office:
Contact Form

Satellite Office:
Contact Form

MBAC Cincinnati © 2021 All Rights Reserved | Site created by Kenbur

A program designed to assist

minority businesses in obtaining state government contracts

The State of Ohio developed the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program because it is committed to making all state contracts, services, benefits and opportunities available without discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry.

Applying for Certifications:

To apply for the MBE, EDGE, WBE, and VBE programs, visit the Ohio Business Gateway electronic filing system.

State Tools for Business:

Information about starting, managing, and growing your business in Ohio.

MBE / EDGE Business Tool Kit:

Tools to help you make the most of your MBE/EDGE certification. 

Minority Business Enterprise Certification

MBE Eligibility Requirements

The business owner must be members of one or more of the following groups:

  • African-Americans
  • Native American
  • Latinos
  • Asians

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • The business must be a for-profit entity.
  • The company must have been in business at least one year prior to applying for certification. This requirement shall not apply to joint venture applicants.
  • The business must be at least 51 percent owned and ultimately controlled by one or more of the person(s) belonging to the following groups: African-Americans, American-Indians, Hispanics and Asians for one year prior to applying for certification.
  • The owner of the business must be an Ohio resident.
  • The owner of the business must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Possess requisite knowledge of the business and industry in which he/she is applying.
  • Have day-to-day control over the business and must exercise final authority over all aspects of the daily operations of the business, including, but not limited to operations, financial, business management, human resources and policy decisions.
  • Demonstrated capability and/or expertise within classifications identified for a period of one year prior to certification.
  • Possession of all licenses, permits and authorities required by law to perform the scope of work within classifications requested.

Steps to Certifcation

  1. Fill out new client form
  2. Contact MBAC office for documentation review prior to completing on-line application
  3. Visit Ohio Business Gateway
  4. Log in using username and password (OH|ID)
  5. Ensure “Equal Opportunity Division” is among available service areas
  6. Ensure “Unified Application” is among available transaction types
  7. Ensure filing access (read, edit, submit) is available — work with your account’s Gateway filing administrator
  8. Select “Unified Application” and complete the form
  9. Click “File” button on the Summary page to see a confirmation page (and print completed application)
  10. Submit supporting documentation as required to das-eod.bccu@das.ohio.gov.

Main Office

2303 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone: 513.751.9900
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Satellite Office

1862 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
Working Remotely: Email
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Contact Us

Main Office:
Contact Form

Satellite Office: 
Contact Form

MBAC Cincinnati © 2021 All Rights Reserved
Site created by Kenbur

A program designed to assist

minority businesses in obtaining state government contracts

The State of Ohio developed the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program because it is committed to making all state contracts, services, benefits and opportunities available without discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry.

Applying for Certifications:

To apply for the MBE, EDGE, WBE, and VBE programs, visit the Ohio Business Gateway electronic filing system.

State Tools for Business:

Information about starting, managing, and growing your business in Ohio.

MBE / EDGE Business Tool Kit:

Tools to help you make the most of your MBE/EDGE certification. 

Minority Business Enterprise Certification

MBE Eligibility Requirements

The business owner must be members of one or more of the following groups:

  • African-Americans
  • Native American
  • Latinos
  • Asians

Additional eligibility requirements:

  • The business must be a for-profit entity.
  • The company must have been in business at least one year prior to applying for certification. This requirement shall not apply to joint venture applicants.
  • The business must be at least 51 percent owned and ultimately controlled by one or more of the person(s) belonging to the following groups: African-Americans, American-Indians, Hispanics and Asians for one year prior to applying for certification.
  • The owner of the business must be an Ohio resident.
  • The owner of the business must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Possess requisite knowledge of the business and industry in which he/she is applying.
  • Have day-to-day control over the business and must exercise final authority over all aspects of the daily operations of the business, including, but not limited to operations, financial, business management, human resources and policy decisions.
  • Demonstrated capability and/or expertise within classifications identified for a period of one year prior to certification.
  • Possession of all licenses, permits and authorities required by law to perform the scope of work within classifications requested.

Steps to Certifcation

  1. Fill out new client form
  2. Contact MBAC office for documentation review prior to completing on-line application
  3. Visit Ohio Business Gateway
  4. Log in using username and password (OH|ID)
  5. Ensure “Equal Opportunity Division” is among available service areas
  6. Ensure “Unified Application” is among available transaction types
  7. Ensure filing access (read, edit, submit) is available — work with your account’s Gateway filing administrator
  8. Select “Unified Application” and complete the form
  9. Click “File” button on the Summary page to see a confirmation page (and print completed application)
  10. Submit supporting documentation as required to das-eod.bccu@das.ohio.gov.

Main Office

2303 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone: 513.751.9900
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Satellite Office

1862 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
Working Remotely: Email
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Contact Us

Main Office:
Contact Form

Satellite Office: 
Contact Form

MBAC Cincinnati © 2021 All Rights Reserved
Site created by Kenbur