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CERTIFIED MBE

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification is a nationally recognized certification. It remains the most widely accepted minority business designation in the private sector. With 23 regional councils comprising its national network, the National Minority Supplier Development Council is the preeminent organization for MBEs seeking to do business with America’s top corporations.

CERTIFIED MBE  PROCESS

REGISTER

Register online to gain access to your Certified MBE application. Once registered, 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.

APPLY

Complete the application and pay the application fee. You may pay by credit card. The processing of your application will begin when payment is received. Application and documents are reviewed for completeness.

PERSONAL INTERVIEW

SRMSDC will perform a site visit to review your business premises and conduct a personal interview with the owner(s). This step is carried out by a Certification Specialist and is done with the ethnic minority applicant.

COMMITTEE AND BOARD 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. 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 or postal mail.

CERTIFIED MBE CRITERIA

  • Must be a US citizen

  • 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 have primary business operations in SRMSDC’s territory (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi).

CERTIFIED MBE DOCUMENT LIST

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.

The documentation required for certification is listed below, but is not limited to:

ALL BUSINESSES

  • 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 appropriate) (name/contact type of work performed or kind of contract received)

  • Equipment owned or available (include a 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 under all businesses, all LLCs must SUBMIT the following additional information:

LLCS

  • 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 must SUBMIT the following additional information:

PARTNERSHIPS

  • 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 must SUBMIT the following additional information:

CORPORATIONS

  • Articles of Incorporation

  • Certificate of Corporation

  • Minutes of first Board Meeting

  • Copies of Stock Certificates

  • Current Stock Ledger

  • Corporate Bylaws

  • Proof of Stock Purchase