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Do you know you’re surrounded every day by reasons to become a Certified Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, or Small Business Enterprise? Construction. Landscaping. Freight Transport. Commodities and Supplies. Technology Services. Consultancy. Food and Beverage Services. Engineering. Just to name a few.

 

A typical professional might see these as merely fields of employment. But a small business owner should see them as potential revenue opportunities. Local, state, and federal governments have created certification programs to give traditionally disadvantaged companies equal access to bid on projects.

 

Becoming a certified firm is easy — and free. And you can hold multiple certifications.

City of Charlotte Small Business Enterprise Certification (SBE)

This certification provides the opportunity for eligible businesses within the Charlotte regional area to grow and compete for city contracts.

Mecklenburg County – Business Diversity & Inclusion (BDI) Program

This program helps increase participation of minorities, women and small businesses in Mecklenburg County business opportunities through outreach, training and partnerships.

North Carolina Department of Administration Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)

HUBs are minority, women, disabled and disadvantaged-owned businesses that are at least 51% owned and controlled by one of the aforementioned groups.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Certifications

A DBE certification provides the opportunity for eligible businesses to participate in NCDOT-financed programs. An SBE certification provides the opportunity for eligible businesses with an AGI up to $1.5 million to exclusively bid for NCDOT construction contracts under $500,000.

Charlotte Housing Authority (Section 3)

This program requires that preference in training, employment, contracting and other economic opportunities be directed to low- and very low-income persons as well as businesses that provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprise Program (MWSBE)

This program offers MWSBE-certified businesses information on doing business with CMS, certification requirement, small business assistance, and upcoming bid opportunities.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) program ensures that eligible firms are afforded the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts financed with state funds.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Small Professional Services Firm (SPSF)

This program provides consulting opportunities on state and federal-funded contracts to eligible businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

An SBA certification provides programs to socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with government contracting opportunities, counseling, training, workshops, management and technical guidance.

Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

A WBENC certification promotes businesses to major corporations that are actively seeking contract opportunities with women-owned businesses.

Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC)

This program helps increase participation of minorities, women and small businesses in Mecklenburg County business opportunities through outreach, training and partnerships.

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