TYPES OF CERTIFICATIONS

Find specifics on local, state, federal and private certifications.

FEDERAL

Small Business Administration (SBA)

8(a) (8(a) Business Development Program)

Eligibility

Be a small business; Not already have participated in the 8(a) program; Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are economically and socially disadvantaged; Be owned by someone whose personal net worth is $750,000 or less; Be owned by someone whose average adjusted gross income for three years is $350,000 or less; Be owned by someone with $6 million or less in assets; Have the owner manage day-to-day operations and also make long-term decisions; Have all its principals demonstrate good character; Show potential for success and be able to perform successfully on contracts

WOSB/EDWOSB (Woman-owned Small Business/Economi…

Eligibility

Small businesses at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more economically disadvantaged women

SDB (Small Disadvantaged Business)

Eligibility

Small, for-profit businesses at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; self-certification with SAM registration

VOSB/SDVOSB (Veteran-owned Small Business/Servi…

Eligibility

Small, for-profit businesses at least 51% unconditionally and directly owned and controlled by a veteran or service-disabled veteran

HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone)

Eligibility

Small businesses at least 51% owned and controlled by US citizens, located in a qualified HUBZone, at least 35% of employees must reside in a HUBZone

STATE

Colorado Department of Transportation

DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise)

Eligibility

Small, for-profit businesses at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals

ESB (Emerging Small Business)

Eligibility

Small, for-profit businesses providing construction, design, or research services on CDOT contracts

LOCAL

Denver - Office of Economic Development (Municipal)

DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise)

Eligibility

Small, for-profit businesses at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals

ACDBE (Airport Concession Disadvantaged Busines…

Eligibility

Small, for-profit airport concessions, at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals

MWBE (Minority Women Business Enterprise)

Eligibility

Small, for-profit businesses at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals

SBE (Small Business Enterprise)

Eligibility

Small, for-profit businesses at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals

SBEC (Small Business Enterprise Concession)

Eligibility

Small, for-profit airport concessions or suppliers of goods or services to airport concessions; with average annual gross revenues less than $7 million

EBE (Emerging Business Enterprise)

Eligibility

Construction firms with average annual gross revenues less than $3 million; professional services firms with average gross revenues less than $1 million

RTD

SBE (Small Business Enterprise)

Eligibility

Small, for-profit businesses at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more economically disadvantaged individuals

PRIVATE

Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council

MBE (Minority Business Enterprise)

Eligibility

Owned, controlled and managed by US citizens, a majority (at least 51%) of whom are racial or ethnic minorities

Women's Business Enterprise National Council

WBE (Women Business Enterprise)

Eligibility

An independent business that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one or more women

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

LGBT-Owned Business Enterprise Certification

Eligibility

• Majority (at least 51%) owned, operated, managed, and controlled by an LGBT person or persons who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents
• Exercises independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise
• Has its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States
• Has been formed as a legal entity in the United States

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