2017 Certification Fee Schedule
MBE Classification Tier       RevenueNew Certification FeeRecertification Fee
I<$1 Million$300$250
II$1M - $10 M$500$450
III$10M - $50 M$600$550
IV>$50 M$700$650

  1. Register online and complete the online certification application.  Certification starts with the online application.  You may take as long as necessary to complete the online application. Your information will be saved for your next session and is completely confidential.
  2. Pay the application fee.  You may pay by credit card.  The processing of your application will begin when payment is received.
  3. Send the required supplemental documentation through electronic means via email to certification@srmsdc.org.  SRMSDC requires specific documents to complete the certification process.  The documentation must be submitted electronically.
  4. Application and documents are reviewed for completeness.
  5. Site Visit. SRMSDC will perform a site visit to review your business premises and conduct a personal interview of the owner(s).  This step is carried out by a Certification Specialist and is done with the ethnic minority applicant.
  6. Committee Review.  The Certification Committee meets regularly to review applications for MBE Certification.  The Certification Committee must make a recommendation before it can be submitted to the Board for final approval.
  7. Board Review.  The Board will review the Certification Committee's recommendation and make the final decision.  If the Board rejects the application, you may submit a letter of appeal. If approved, you will be notified by email and postal mail

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CERTIFICATION documentATION checklist

the process


Please submit only required documents in chronological order. The submission of a neatly organized application accompanied with the required documents will expedite the processing of your request. Please provide an explanation for any documentation you cannot provide.

All applications become the property of the Council, kept under lock and key, and will not be returned. 

DOCUMENTATION ATTACHMENTS – Please include appropriate documentation with the application and indicate which documents are attached.  The documentation required for certification is listed below, but is not limited to:

ALL BUSINESSES have an obligation TO SUBMIT:

  • Fictitious Business Statement (if applicable)
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (birth certificate and Drivers License)
  • Evidence of ethnicity for Owner(s), Partners, Shareholders (birth certificate)
  • Two Years of Federal Tax Returns (Business)**
  • Financial Statements (P&L, statement of cash flows, balance sheet)
  • Notes Payable (if any)
  • Applicable Operating Business License and Permits
  • Lease Agreements
  • Resume(s) of Owner(s), partners or shareholders
  • Equipment Rental and Purchase Agreements (if applicable)
  • Work history for the past three years (if applicable) (name/contact type of work performed or type of contract received)
  • Equipment owned or available (include description of equipment, year acquired, and current value)
  • Proof of Bonding Capacity (if applicable)
  • Bank Signature Card (copy signature card or letter from bank)
  • Indian/Native Americans Blood Degree Certificate (i.e. tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number) [if applicable]
  • Non-refundable processing fee

In addition to the information listed above, all LLCs have an obligation TO SUBMIT the following additional information:

  • Income Statement
  • Balance Sheet
  • Operating License
  • Facility Lease Agreement (if any)
  • Articles of Organization
  • Operational Agreement
  • Organizational Agreement

In addition to the information listed above, all PARTNERSHIPS have an obligation TO SUBMIT the following additional information:

  • Partnership Agreements
  • Buy Out Rights
  • Profit Sharing
  • Current Partnership
  • Financial Statement
  • Third-party agreements; management service agreements
  • Proof of Capital Investment

In addition to the information listed above, all CORPORATIONS have an obligation TO SUBMIT the following additional information:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Corporation
  • Minutes of first Board Meeting
  • Copies of Stock Certificates
  • Current Stock Ledger
  • Corporate Bylaws
  • Proof of Stock Purchase

*Personal taxes are required for any business applying for certification that has been in business for less than one year, or an existing business that has done no activity.  

** Pro forma financial statements to GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) standards.

To become a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) with SRMSDC, your business must meet the following requirements.  

  • Must be a for-profit enterprise.
  • Must be at least 51% ethnic minority owned.  
  • Must be owned and controlled by the individual(s) belonging to the following groups: Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian Indian and Native American.
  • Must be owned by an individual(s) meeting U.S. citizenship requirements.
  • Must have primary business operations in SRMSDC's territory (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi).

Certification Criteria