If your small business is 51% owned and operated by a woman or minority, it could be worth your while to investigate business certification programs. The purpose of these programs is to give small, disadvantaged businesses and women-owned businesses a more level playing field in competing with larger firms.
There is not a single all-encompassing business certification program for minority- or women-owned businesses. Certification is only required if your business intends to sell products and/or services to a government agency or private corporation that requires certification as part of their contracting process. In either case, certification can be a plus. There are 8 different certifications available and vary based on federal, state and local regulations. After determining your target market, be sure to check with these businesses to be certain which certification they accept.
Workshops on certification are available at the Business Assistance Center:
are 8 different certifications for minority, women-owned, disadvantaged,
veteran-owned and/or historically under-utilized businesses. If your
target market is to sell to federal, state or local government institutions,
corporations or construction prime contractors, you should consider one or
more of these certifications.
This workshop helps take the mystery out of the certification process:
Learn about the different types of certification
Determine which type of certification is right for your business
Understanding the application
Below is a list of certification agencies and their qualifications.