Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification

MBE Certification

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • African-American
  • Latino
  • Native American
  • Asian

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.

Getting Started With The Ohio Business Gateway.

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Fast Track Certification

For certain applications, a “fast track” system reduces application time to approximately five days.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

For MBE fast track certification information, review the content under the “Steps for MBE Certification” section by going here.

Encouraging Diversity Growth & Equity (EDGE)

For EDGE fast track certification information, review the content under the “Steps for EDGE Certification” section by going here.

Veteran-Friendly Business Enterprise (VFBE)

For VFBE fast track certification information, review the content under the “Steps for VFBE Certification” section by going here.

Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

For WBE fast track certification information, review the content under the “Steps for WBE Certification” section by going here. 

Certification Resources

Applying for Certifications

Visit your local Cincinnati MBAC office for one-on-one guidance, document review and fast tracking or you can visit the Ohio Business Gateway electronic filing system.

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