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IDOA > Minority & Women's Business > Certify Your Business Certify Your Business

Certification Applications

Application for new certification.
Application for recertification.

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 Training Resources

    Certification Clinic
    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-469
      Indianapolis, IN 46204
      Fax: (317) 233-6921

    Links

  • Indiana Firms: Certification Steps
  • Out-of-State Firms Certification
  • Maintaining Your Application
  • Indiana Certification Partnerships