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Becoming State Certified

The State of Ohio’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program is designed to assist minority-owned businesses in obtaining state government contracts through a set aside procurement program for goods and services. The State of Ohio developed the program because it is committed to making all state contracts, services, benefits and opportunities available without discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or ancestry.

MBE establishes a 15 percent goal for state agencies, boards and commissions in awarding contracts to certified MBE businesses. In order to be certified as a MBE, a company must be owned and controlled at least 51 percent and for more than a year by an Ohio resident and U.S. citizen who belongs to one of the following ethnic groups: African American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American.

To learn more, visit: www.mbe.ohio.gov

The State of Ohio recognizes the need to encourage, nurture and support the growth of economically and socially underutilized businesses to foster their development. The Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity (EDGE) Program provides an “EDGE” to small businesses in public contracting. EDGE is an assistance program for economically and socially disadvantaged business enterprises. EDGE establishes goals for state agencies, boards and commissions in awarding contracts to certified EDGE-eligible businesses. An EDGE participant must be a business enterprise located in a qualified census tract or, the business may qualify if the owner meets the established program criteria for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

To learn more, visit: www.edge.ohio.gov