OF FLORIDA MINORITY CERTIFICATION
Benefits to becoming a
State of Florida Certified Business Enterprise
certification is Florida's premier stamp of approval for minority,
women, and service-disabled veteran business enterprises. It is widely
accepted across the State of Florida in the private sector as well as
cities, counties, school districts, hospitals, water management districts
and other quasi governmental entities.
BENEFITS OF CERTIFICATION
FIRST TIER REFERRALS are given to minority, women, and service-disabled veteran businesses
that are certified by the state. This means they are the first tier
of businesses referred to state agencies seeking to include supplier
diversity as a part of their purchase order and contract opportunities.
STRATEGIC ALLIANCES with major corporations are encouraged as a part of the Office of Supplier
Diversity's "Matchmaking" efforts. Vendors certified by the state
of Florida have "first stop" status as OSD strives to assist in
developing business relationships, which potentially will lead to contract
OSD LINK NEWSLETTER created in February 2008, is a fresh tool to keep certified minority,
women, and service-disabled veteran businesses enterprises connected
with important initiatives, events, and updates on various topics of
RE-CERTIFICATION is simplified for certified minority
and women businesses who have registered in MyFloridaMarketPlace and
completed the certification process. A signed Affidavit for Recertification
is required to be submitted on an annual basis to reduce duplicated
ON-LINE DIRECTORY on
the Office of Supplier Diversity's website lists only state Certified
Business Enterprises. The directory makes certified minority, women,
and service-disabled veteran business enterprises available by alpha
and commodity code listings to state and local governmental entities,
as well as the general public and private-sector corporations.
SPECIAL E-MAILS and
other information are disseminated to vendors who appear in the state's
database as certified minority, women, and service-disabled veteran
business enterprises. This information could vary from contract opportunities
to special events, networking activities and technical assistance training.
VENDOR IN THE SPOTLIGHT is designed to highlight certified minority, women, and service-disabled
veteran business enterprises by industry to a target audience of purchasing
agents and decision makers. Certified vendors make presentations at
the monthly Diversity Working Group Meeting to introduce their companies
and capabilities to several state entities at one time.
SPECIAL DISCOUNTS including
gratis admission to events may be offered to state minority, women,
and service-disabled veteran business enterprises who participate in
educational, outreach and matchmaking activities coordinated by state
government and the Office of Supplier Diversity. These activities could
include regional workshops, seminars and the Office of Supplier Diversity's
annual Matchmaker Conference and Trade Show.
Minority and Women Businesses
This link provides a list of
supporting documents that a woman and/or minority business should submit
to the Office of Supplier Diversity for certification review.
Disabled Veteran Businesses
This link provides a list of
supporting documents that a Service-Disabled Veteran Business should
submit to the Office of Supplier Diversity for certification review