If your company wants to connect with private-sector buyers, the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certifications can be real assets. Used correctly, these certifications can help you do business with corporations including IBM, Microsoft, Walmart, CVS, and Marriott.
Who is eligible: For-profit enterprises of any size that are located in the United States and are owned, operated, and controlled by minority group members, or women, who are U.S. citizens. For the purposes of these corporate certifications, a minority group member is an individual who is a U.S. citizen with at least 25 percent Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic, or Native American heritage. Documentation to support the claim is required. Additionally, at least 51 percent of the business or the company's stock must be owned by such individuals, and the management and operations must also be controlled by such individuals.
How to apply: Start by contacting the MBDA Business Center-El Paso at 915-351-6232. Our business development specialists will assess your business, provide you with a standardized application and review the most often requested documents to support your minority status claim.
Cost of Certification: About $350-$1,200, depending on region of the country.