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The goal of the Office of Supplier Diversity is to increase the number of Florida Certified Business Enterprises - minority-owned (MBE), woman-owned (WBE) and Veteran-owned (VBE). Our office works with eligible business owners to process and grant their certification as well as to ensure they are informed of the benefits of certification. Our certification officers are responsible for identifying and certifying eligible small businesses by conducting thorough and effective reviews of the submitted  required certification documents

Eligibility Requirements

Below are the minimum eligibility requirements* necessary to become a woman-, veteran- or minority-owned Florida Certified Business Enterprise (CBE). If you meet these requirements, please submit the  required supporting documentation  to the Office of Supplier Diversity for review.

Your business must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be legally registered to do business in Florida as a for-profit organization (registration through the Department of State).
  • Be based in Florida.
  • Be owned and managed by a resident(s) of Florida.
  • Be 51 percent owned and managed by a woman, veteran or minority who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • Be engaged in commercial transactions (currently doing business).
  • Be registered in MyFloridaMarketPlace.
  • Have a net worth of less than $5 million.
  • Have 200 or fewer full-time permanent employees.
  • Have a professional license, if required by the industry, in the name of the woman, veteran or minority business owner. 

  

Are You Ready to Get Certified?
  1. Step One: The first step to certification is to register as a new vendor on MyFloridaMarketPlace.com , the state's procurement website, if you are not one already. During this process, you will be asked "If you are seeking Minority Business Certification." In the options provided in that step, you will want to indicate which certifications may apply to your business by selecting the designation(s) in the "Non-Certified" column. For more information about registering your business with the state, visit  MyFloridaMarketPlace Vendors.
  2. Step Two:  Review the  Required Documentation List and gather all of your necessary required documentation. 
  3. Step Three: Mail, fax, or scan and email all of your supporting documentation to the Office of Supplier Diversity.

For assistance or questions about certification or the process of becoming certified, email  OSDhelp@dms.myflorida.com or call 850-487-0915. Please do not send your documents to this email address. 

Find more information pertaining to the State of Florida woman, veteran and minority Certified Business Enterprise in these other sections of this website:

 

*Please note that these are the minimum requirements to become certified as a Florida woman, minority and/or veteran business with the State of Florida. These requirements do not guarantee certification.  To review the complete requirements, please review  Chapter 287.0943(2)(e), Florida StatutesChapter 295.187, Florida Statues and  Chapter 60A-9, Florida Administrative Code.