Certification and Contracting Opportunities

There is a country-wide effort to increase certification and contracting opportunities for women, minorities, and the veteran community through the development of preference programs for MWBEs, DBEs, SDVBEs, and SBEs. These programs are designed to give smaller organizations an opportunity to participate in the procurement space and are given a 10% preference applied to bid contracts of $100,000 or less.

WBC represents the United States and has an extensive nationwide network of registries allowing our clients to tap into contracting opportunities locally and abroad.

Depending on your State, County, City additional certification opportunities may be available.

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Certification Status

Minority Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) State, Federal

To help provide a level playing field for women and minority business owners, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the women's contracting program.

WBE: Be a small business, be at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens, have women manage day-to-day operations and also make long-term decisions.

MBE: For-profit and independent business, owners meet licensing requirements, business is at least 51% owned and controlled, by United States citizens or legal permanent, residents who are members of the following groups: Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian-Pacific American, Subcontinent Asian American

Service Disabaled Business Enterprise (SDVBE) State, City

A veteran of the U.S. military, naval, or air service; •The veteran must have a service-connected disability of at least 10% or more; and •The veteran must be domiciled in California. To be certified as a DVBE, your firm must meet the following requirements: •Your business must be at least 51% owned by one or more disabled veterans; •Your daily business operations must be managed and controlled by one or more disabled veterans O The disabled veteran who manages and controls the business is not required to be an owner of the applicant business; and •Your home office must be located in the U.S. (the home office cannot be a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm, or other foreign based business). •DVBE limited liability companies must be wholly owned by one or more disabled veterans.

Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) City

DBE: To be certified as a DBE, a firm must be a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Certifiers make the determinations based upon on-site visits, personal interviews, reviews of licenses, stock ownership, equipment, bonding capacity, work completed, resume of principal owners and financial capacity.

Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

Must be independently owned and operated; •Cannot be dominant in its field of operation; •Must have its principal office located in California;•Must have the officers of the business (in the case of a corporation); officers and/or managers, or in the absence of officers and/or managers, all members in the case of a limited liability company; partners in the case of a partnership; or the owner(s) in all other cases domiciled in California: and •Together with its affiliates, be either: • A business with 100 or fewer employees, and an average annual gross receipts of $15 million or less over the previous three tax years, or A manufacturer with 100 or fewer employees.

Local Small Business Enterprise(SLB) County

Certified LSBEs receive a price preference when bidding on Los Angeles County solicitations to help level the playing field for certified small businesses. •are eligible to receive a 15% bid price reduction or 'preference' when bidding on certain goods and services solicitations from Los Angeles County •receive payment within 15 days of receipt of an undisputed invoice for goods or services •will be placed on the vendor database of certified LSBE vendors and may be featured on DCBA’s social media accounts.

Community Business Enterprise (CBE) County

The Community Business Enterprise (CBE) Program encourages minority, woman, disabled veteran or disadvantaged business owners to capitalize on opportunities in government and private-sector procurement programs. Your business will be included in the County’s CBE listing. Many County departments, public agencies, private-sector prime and subcontractors use the CBE listing to meet subcontracting goals.

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