Certify Your Business

Certification Applications

Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE)

  • New Certification
    • IMPORTANT: The Division of Supplier Diversity cannot accept applications missing the required additional documentation
    • The sections of the application form requiring additional documentation are:
      • Question 5A
      • Questions 8C and 8D (if applicable)
      • Question 9A
      • Questions 9B and 9C (if applicable)
      • Question 10, if listing different people than 9B and 9C
      • Question 13
      • Questions 14C and 14D (if applicable)
      • Question 15 (if applicable)
      • Question 16 (if applicable)
    • Pages 2 -3 of the application packet give guidance about what is acceptable as documentation  
  • Recertification
    • Please be aware that the Division of Supplier Diversity cannot accept recertification applications that do not have the required additional documentation
    • Page 3 specifies what required additional documentation for recertification

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)

M/WBE suppliers are also encouraged to pursue Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification and other certification programs that would benefit their business.
 

Benefits of being Certified

As a certified minority- or woman-owned business, your company will:

  • Qualify for MBE/WBE subcontracting opportunities on state contracts in Indiana, which provide for the attainment of business diversity goals
  • Receive notification of state business opportunities
  • Receive access to training opportunities
  • Receive notice of upcoming events such as networking opportunities
  • Appear in a directory of certified firms
  • Qualify as an MBE/WBE for purchasing by casinos and state universities, as well as other public and private organizations
     

Qualifications for Certification

To qualify as a minority business enterprise or women's business enterprise, a firm must be 51 percent owned by qualifying minorities or women who:

  • Possess expertise in the field
  • Control the business enterprise
  • Are U.S. citizens

Qualifying minority groups include Blacks, Native Americans, Latino/Hispanics, Pacific Asians, and Subcontinent Asians.
 

Certification Webinar

Free step-by-step training for MBE and WBE Certification is available the third Wednesday of each month for new applicants. Learn more about the certification clinic and other workshops on our News and Events webpage.
 

Annual Updates

Although certification is valid for a three-year period, businesses are required to submit an Affidavit of Continuing Eligibility (ACE) form annually with any changes affecting the following:

  • Change in location or contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address, etc.)
  • Change in services provided (amendment to certification)
  • Change in ownership
  • Change in control
     

UNSPSC Amendments

Certified minority- and women-owned businesses with requests for classification code (UNSPSC) review and amendment, must submit an Amendment Form to the division.

Minority and Women's Business Enterprises Division
402 W. Washington St., Rm W-479
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Fax: (317) 233-6921
 

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