Apply for diversity certification as a Massachusetts-based business
OSD's Supplier Diversity Office
What you need
OSD's Supplier Diversity Office certifies companies as Massachusetts Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), Veteran Business Enterprises (VBE), and Portuguese Business Enterprises (PBE).
Business owners of companies with a principal place of business in Massachusetts must attend a mandatory, two-hour pre-certification workshop before submitting an application for certification. The certification application and instructions will be provided at the workshop.
The pre-certification workshop provides an overview of the State certification process and the required documents that must be submitted when applying for certification. The workshop also provides a brief introduction to COMMBUYS (the Commonwealth's procurement platform where bidding opportunities occur), the Small Business Purchasing Program, and the Supplier Diversity Program.
During the certification process, which takes approximately 30 days, the SDO investigates applicant companies to make sure they meet applicable legal requirements. Under SDO regulations, the applicant firm must prove it is at least 51% owned and dominantly controlled by adult minority, women, Portuguese, or veteran principals who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Firms also must be ongoing and independent. For more information, download the SDO certification regulations.