With the issuance of Executive Order 565 effective November 3, 2015, the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) now includes the following designations: Minority (MBE), Women (WBE), Service-Disabled Veteran (SDVOBE), Veteran (VBE), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTBE); and Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBE).

In order for the Commonwealth to determine whether businesses participating in the SDP are in fact owned and controlled by individuals that fall into certification designations, the SDO must either conduct internal certification investigations or rely on certification investigations conducted by other organizations. The SDO has evaluated and established relationships with the several reliable and well-respected certification entities as follows:

For MBE, WBE and VBE Applicants

The SDO accepts certification applications and conducts certification investigations for MBE, WBE and VBE certification. In addition to accepting applications for MBE/WBE/VBE certification directly, cross-application options include:

If you are certified by or applying to ...

Certification Category

Instructions and Forms

Uniform Certification Program (UCP) Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification

MBE/WBE
Complete and submit the Certification Cover Sheet DBE  docx format of Certification Cover Sheet DBE
if already certified, or attach it to a new application for certification submitted to the UCP.
The City of Boston

MBE/WBE
Complete and submit the Certification Application for MBE/WBE Already Certified by Third Party Certification docx format of Cover Sheet for Third Party Certification Organizations
if already certified, or attach it to a new application for certification submitted to the City of Boston.
The Center for Women Enterprise (CWE) (New England WBENC) and other WBENC National affiliate offices, where offered

WBE
Complete and submit the Certification Application for MBE/WBE Already Certified by Third Party Certification docx format of Cover Sheet for Third Party Certification Organizations
if already certified, or attach it to a new application for certification submitted to CWE.
The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC)and other NMSDC National affiliate offices, where offered

MBE
Request that GNEMSDC submit application materials on behalf of your company by emailing Jennifer Little-Greer, MBE Services Group Director at Jlittle-greer@gnemsdc.org.
VetBiz/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)VBE, SDVOBEComplete and submit the Application for verification docx format of Application for Verification Form
and attaching the required supporting materials.

The SDO’s acceptance of application materials previously submitted to the certifying organizations above eliminates the need for applicants to complete the SDO application. In addition, the SDO will accept proof from the certifying organization that a site visit was successfully completed, eliminating the need for applicants to have a separate SDO site visit.

Massachusetts MBE/WBE certification status resulting from cross-application relationships is contingent on the applicant’s standing with the original certifying organization. The Massachusetts MBE/WBE certification start date will be the date the SDO completes the review of the application. The expiration date will be the same as the original certification expiration date.

Mutual application recognition with the City of Boston

Companies applying for Massachusetts MBE/WBE/VBE certification directly with the Supplier Diversity Office may use the same application and supporting materials to apply for MBE/WBE/VBE certification with the City of Boston. This will eliminate the need for applicants to complete the City of Boston application. In addition, the City of Boston will accept SDO’s confirmation that a successful site visit was conducted eliminating a separate site visit from the City of Boston.

For LGBTBE, DOBE and, SDVOBE Applicants

The SDO also utilizes the following entities as the certifying organization in the following certification categories:

If you are certified by…

Certification Category

Instructions and Forms

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)LGBTBEComplete and submit the Application for verification docx format of Application for Verification Form
and attaching the required supporting materials.
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)DOBE, SDVOBEContact Cami Turcotte, Disability Supplier Diversity Program Coordinator, cami@usbln.org at USBLN to be part of the program.
Questions. If you have any questions regarding the SDP, please consult the Executive Order 565 Implementation FAQs docx format of EO565 Frequently Asked Questions
document or contact John Fitzpatrick, Director of SDO Programs, at John.B.Fitzpatrick@state.ma.us.