In today’s competitive business landscape, a Minority, Women & Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) certification sets your business apart from the rest. Here we’ll unpack what this certification means, how you can apply, and what you’ll gain as a certified MWSBE business.
The Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) MWSBE Program team is responsible for certifying businesses, ensuring vendors are trained and ready to do business with the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, and establishing professional relationships with the owners of MWSBEs. Certifying businesses in our community is an important step to equipping MWSBEs with the resources necessary to navigate and compete in today’s marketplace.
Certified MWSBEs are featured in OEV’s Online Directory for Certified MWSBE Vendors, where City and County departments and other businesses access vendor information. By joining this network of certified businesses, you will also be included in OEV’s Business Retention and Expansion program, CapitalLOOP, to help support the growth of your business.
Certified MWSBEs receive regular electronic updates on special events, procurement opportunities, and MWSBE Industry Academies, which offer specialized skills trainings for your company. Industry Academies are designed specifically for certified businesses in cooperation with the FAMU Small Business Development Center, the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, and CareerSource to maximize your business’s competitiveness.
Who is eligible?
Your business may be eligible for an MWSBE certification if the company is:
• At least 51% owned and controlled by minorities or by women.
• Located in Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, or Gadsen counties.
Distinguishing your business with an MWSBE certification not only provides access to a network of resource partners and members, educational trainings, and procurement opportunities, but it also underscores your business’s credibility as a MWSBE firm for potential contractors. Apply for MWSBE certification today and find out how OEV will engage, equip, educate, and empower your business!