If you’re a small business owner who belongs to an underserved group, you may be eligible for certain business certifications that can help you access more government contracts and private-sector opportunities.
In Florida, the Department of Management Services (DMS) Office of Supplier Diversity’s goal is to increase the number of Florida Certified Business Enterprises that are minority-owned (MBE), woman-owned (WBE) and veteran-owned (VBE). DMS works with eligible business owners to process and grant their certification and to ensure they are informed of the benefits of certification. The process includes identifying and certifying eligible Florida-based small businesses through effective and thorough reviews of the submitted certification documents.
Below are the minimum eligibility requirements* necessary to become an MBE, WBE or VBE Florida Certified Business Enterprise (CBE). If you meet these requirements, submit the required supporting documentation to the Office of Supplier Diversity for review.
Your business must meet the following eligibility requirements:
(State of Florida’s eProcurement system)
If you need help determining what documents you need to submit your application for certification, the DMS provides a complete list of documentation, a table to help you determine which documentation is applicable for the type of certification you are applying for, printable forms and a certification checklist to help you keep track of your progress.
You must be a registered vendor on MyFloridaMarketPlace (MFMP) for eligibility to become a Florida Certified Business Enterprise. Once you have completed your MFMP online profile registration, you can find the certification application at the bottom of the “Company Information” tab on your MFMP profile.
MFMP Registration Tips:
Any questions you may have regarding the status of your application should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note that these are the minimum requirements to become certified as a Florida woman, minority and/or veteran business with the State of Florida. These requirements do not guarantee certification. To review the complete requirements, please review Chapter 287.0943(2)(e), Florida Statutes, Chapter 295.187, Florida Statutes and Chapter 60A-9, Florida Administrative Code.