WMDBE Certification Criteria

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Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (WMDBE) Certification Criteria

To become a Certified Minority, Women, and/or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (WMDBE), your business must meet the following requirements. Both current and historical facts are considered in determining ownership qualifications and participation in the management and operations of the company.

  • Your business is a for-profit enterprise.
  • Your business is physically located in the United States or its trust territories.
  • Your business is at least 51% ethnic minority-owned. For the purposes of NMSDC’s program, a minority group member is an individual who is at least 25% Asian, Black, Hispanic or Native American.
    • Asian-Indian: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    • Asian-Pacific: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
    • Black: A U.S. citizen who is of African descent (excluding Northern Africa).
    • Hispanic: A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only. Brazilians (Afro-Brazilian, indigenous/Indian only) shall be listed under Hispanic designation for review and certification purposes.
    • Native American: A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number).
  • The minority/ethnic owner(s) of the business are U.S. citizens.
  • The minority/ethnic owner(s) of the business must be active in management and daily business operations.
  • The minority owner(s) shall possess the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of the firm and shall possess the capability of making day-to-day as well as major decisions on matters of management, policy and operations of the firm.  There shall be no restriction on the minority owner's ability to control which would prevent the minority owner from making a business decision without the cooperation or vote of a non-minority person.  Such control shall be known or at least tacitly acknowledged in day-to-day operations by employees and business references of the business.  Where licenses are required to perform the functional mission of the company, such licenses shall be held in the name and/or independent control of minorities.
  • The minority ownership and control shall be real and continuing and not created solely to take advantage of special programs aimed at minority business development.
  • The minority owner(s) shall enjoy the customary incidents of ownership and shall share in the risks and profits and shall have contributed capital, equipment and/or expertise to the business commensurate with his/her percentage of ownership.

 

Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification Criteria

An independent business concern:

  • That is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, or in the case of any publicly-owned business, at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the equity of which is owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents; and
  • Whose management and daily operation is controlled by one or more of the women owners. 

 

Disabled Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification Criteria

To be eligible to be certified (according to ADA Standards) as a disabled business enterprise, a business must

  • Be at least 51 percent owned, operated, managed, and controlled by individuals with a disability who is a U.S. citizens.
  • Exercise independence from any other business enterprise;
  • Have its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States; and • Have been formed as a legal entity in the United States.