Let’s Get Certified!
Welcome! We are glad you are interested in the Get Certified Campaign. The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) is the State agency tasked with certifying minority and women-owned businesses across Washington. Once a business is certified the opportunities are endless. OMWBE certified firms can be goal-counted for State contracts and other procurement opportunities that have diversity goals. This is a great opportunity to increase revenue, grow your business and gain a competitive edge in our State’s economy.
To learn more about certification at the State and Federal level – simply click the links below. Again, welcome and please feel free to explore our website and contact us anytime you have questions!
PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP A COPY OF YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR YOUR RECORDS PRIOR TO SUBMITTING TO OUR OFFICE.
The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) is the sole certifying agency for minority, women, and disadvantaged small businesses in Washington State. We offer the following certifications:
Certifications for the state program include MBE, WBE, MWBE, CBE, and SEDBE. State certified firms are eligible to participate in contracting opportunities with state and local governments. Some private sector companies recognize and use OMWBE’s state certified firms for their supplier diversity goals.
- MBE – Minority Business Enterprise
- WBE – Woman Business Enterprise
- MWBE – Minority Woman Business Enterprise
- CBE – Combination Business Enterprise (owned by 1 minority man and 1 non-minority woman)
- SEDBE – Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (owned by a non-minority, socially and economically disadvantaged male)
Download and complete one of the following applications to apply for certification as an MBE, WBE, MWBE, CBE, or SEDBE based on your business structure, such as Sole Proprietor, LLC, Corporation, etc.
The firm must be licensed to do business in the State of Washington in order to be eligible for certification.
Federally certified firms are eligible to participate in transportation specific federal projects including construction work on rails, roads, bridges, airports, and seaports. This certification is only for those firms who do transportation related scopes of work. The federal projects are funded by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), including the Federal Highway Administration, (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
- SBE – Small Business Enterprise. SBE certified firms count towards USDOT small business (gender and race neutral) goals.
- DBE – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. This certification counts towards USDOT gender and race conscious goals.
- ACDBE – Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. These firms count towards gender and race conscious goals for the Federal Aviation Administration and the Ports.
For More information about the federal DBE program Click Here
If you are applying for federal certification (DBE/ACDBE) as an out-of-state firm, you must be certified in your home state prior to applying for certification in Washington. If you are an out of state firm that is not certified in your principal place of business, we will not be able to process your application in Washington until you are certified in your home state. For more information click here.
Application forms may be submitted by mail to the office at the following address:
STATE OF WASHINGTON
OFFICE OF MINORITY AND WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTERPRISES
P.O. BOX 41160
OLYMPIA, WA 98504-1160
Forms may also be delivered to the office at its location, 210 11th Avenue SW, Suite 401, Olympia, Washington 98501.
The minority, woman, or socially and economically disadvantaged owner shall be responsible for ensuring that the application is complete and accurate and is properly delivered to the office. The applicant should keep a copy of the completed form and all documents submitted with the application for its own reference.
The program maximum is $22.41 million. If your firm has over $22.41 million in annual gross receipts, your firm is not eligible for certification. Check the SBA Size Standards to ensure your firm falls within the size standards for your specific NAICS codes requested. http://www.sba.gov/content/table-small-business-size-standards