Minority Certification

If you are interested in government contracts and operate a business that is minority-, woman-, or veteran-owned, you might want to look into certification. Getting certified helps open doors to contract opportunities with local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as from large corporations.

Many of these organizations have programs designed to encourage minority-owned businesses to participate in the competitive bidding process. This could lead to millions of dollars of revenue for your business and jump start your success.

Use the following resources to learn more about how to become certified as a minority business and how you can use that certification to gain competitive advantage in the government and commercial marketplace.

Find out why millions of small businesses contract with the government and determine whether this market is right for you.


Learn why certification can benefit small businesses that are pursuing the most lucrative markets in the United States.


Overview of the various types of certifications available to small businesses.


Guide to small business contracting certifications including the 8(a) Business Development and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) programs.


Guide to state and local government certifications including the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs.


Guide to corporate business certifications including the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) programs.


Answers to common questions regarding minority- and woman-owned business certification.