Purchasing agents across the country are looking for certified companies to meet their buying needs. Distinguishing your company as a certified owned business helps provide your organization with greater exposure for work opportunities by federal, state, local governments, and private contractors. Contractors use certification directories as a basic resource for soliciting minority participation on projects. Certifying your company may also lead to an increase in income, professional development opportunities, and effective business analysis execution.
Certifications give the purchaser reassurance of your company’s credibility. Not just any company can be certified. Organizations seeking to be certified must complete a thorough application process administered by an outside agency. The details of obtaining certification vary, as each certification has its own criteria and some are more demanding than others.
How can I become certified? You can start by reaching out to the MBDA Business Center-Atlanta to assist you with your certification packaging. The staff will begin by confirming that you and your firm meet the criteria, check for any missing documentation and may request additional documentation or information as needed. Once your application is complete, the verification process will take a minimum of 90 days.
While certification does not guarantee work to any firm, it does enhance your company’s exposure to prime contractors and the business community. Email us to request information on certification packaging.
Certifications allow you to participate in the bid process and provides greater exposure for work opportunities.
- Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs)
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
- Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs)
Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC®)
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- 8(a), Hub Zone
Small Business Administration
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
The Department of Transportation