Department of Management Services

Benefits of Being a Florida Woman-, Veteran-, Minority-owned Business Enterprise

For a Florida-owned small business to verify ownership by a local woman, veteran or minority, holds great importance to their community in today’s business world. More so, state woman-, veteran- or minority-owned business enterprises are provided these benefits (WBE, VBE or MBE):

  • Women-,  veteran- and minority-owned small businesses that are certified by the state are the first tier of businesses referred to state agencies seeking to include supplier diversity as a part of their purchase order and contract opportunities.
  • Listing of newly certified businesses are also highlighted on the OSD home page.
  • The Certified Business Enterprise Vendor Directory lists only state certified woman-, veteran- or minority-owned business enterprises. State agencies, state universities, regional and local government entities and even private businesses use this directory to find state-vetted woman-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses to diversify their vendor dollars. A state certified vendor's profile can be accessed by simply typing the company's name, an applicable commodity code or brief description. 
  • Special emails and other information are disseminated to vendors who appear in the state's database. This information could vary from contract opportunities to special events, networking activities and technical assistance training.
  • The Vendor in the Spotlight program is designed to highlight certified women-, veteran- and minority-owned business enterprises by industry to a target audience of purchasing agents and decision-makers. Certified vendors make presentations at the bi-monthly Diversity Working Group Meetings to introduce their companies and capabilities to several state entities.
  • Online Recertification has been extended to every two years to simplify the process for the applicable businesses. After two years of being certified, a vendor can self-recertify online.

Learn more about how you can get certified today!