FOR MBEs

Step-By-Step Guide to Application

A subscription entitles a certified MBE to receive access to regional products or services from outside of their home territory, which usually consist of local events, training, etc.

A step-by-step guide to the MBE certification application

Once you’ve downloaded the application, you are now ready to complete it to the best of your abilities. To assist you, we’ve developed a step-by-step guide to explain what the questions mean and what you need to provide in your response.

Please note that some questions are self-explanatory and therefore have not been included in this guide.


1. Company
Enter the legal name of company, not the DBA (Doing Business As) name.

2. Parent Company
If your company is a subsidiary of a holding company, enter the name of the holding company here.

3. Street Address
Check checkbox if your business is located in your personal home residence.

8. Telephone
Enter your mobile number or home number.

12a. Employer's ID Number/Federal ID Number
Federal Employee ID number (EIN) is the number indicated on your company’s federal income tax filing. For sole proprietors only: If you are a sole proprietor of your business (the only owner of a legally incorporated company) and do not have an EIN, please enter your social security number in addition to your EIN.

12b. Please give a concise description of company's product(s), service(s), or type of construction
In 225 characters or less, describe the exact products or services that your company provides. Please keep in mind that corporations will search for your capabilities using the keywords that you enter in this field, so the more topics descriptive you can be within the 225 word limit, the better.

12c. List owner, members, corporate shareholders and Limited Liability Corporation members and title
List all of the people who have ownership in the company (i.e. “stakeholders”). If you are an LLC, owners will sometimes be described as “members.” Anyone who owns stock in the company is considered a Corporate Shareholder.

13. Key Contact (s) Name (preferably owner/principal)
The Key Contact is usually the principal or the minority owner with the highest percentage of ownership in the company.Other Contacts can be vice presidents or administrative assistants within the company.

15. NAICS Codes
North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes are six digit numbers used to describe the specific products and services that a company provides. Each company completing an application may choose to have up to 5 codes associated with their company. If you don’t know which NAICS codes apply to your company, you can visit http://www.naics.com/search.htm to look up the appropriate codes.

16. Type of Business
Please only choose one category that describes your business.

17. Type of Legal Business Structure
Please indicate the legal structure of your business.

19. Is your firm, parent, branch or subsidiary currently certified by other NMSDC affiliate council?
Please indicate whether or not your company is affiliated with another state’s regional Minority Supplier Development Council (a non-Michigan council affiliated with NMSDC).

20. Has your firm ever applied for certification before?
If you don’t know the exact year that your company previously applied, please provide an estimate.

21. Does your firm hold 8(a) certification?
8(a) is federal classification by the Small Business Administration (SBA) designed to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace for federal contracts. If you are 8(a) certified, please indicate so here and include your 8(a) identification number.

22. What are the gross receipts of your firm for each of the past three years?
Please enter the total volume of business that your business has done in the past 3 years. Please note that this number should be your gross revenue, not gross profit.

23. Dun & Bradstreet #
The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is a unique nine-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). It is not required to provide this number, but it is looked upon favorably to do so. The Federal government requires that all applicants for Federal grants and cooperative agreements with the exception of individuals other than sole proprietors, have a DUNS number.

25. Type of Acquisition
Check the box that most accurately describes how you acquired the business and enter the date that you become the owning party of it. If your business was established in 1990 but you didn’t acquire the business until 2004, you would enter 2004 as the Date of Acquisition.

26. Please list each owner, proprietor, partner, officer, member, director and stockholder
Please provide more specific demographic and profile information of your ownership members. You can locate ownership and voter information within the shareholders’ agreement, operating agreement, or bylaws of your organization. The owner (one individual or married couple) must have an ethnic origin that falls under one of the following categories:

  • Black
  • Hispanic
  • Native American
    American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, and Native Hawaiians
  • Asian Pacific
    Origins are from Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territory and the Pacific Islands, the Northern Marinas Islands, Laos, Kampuchea (Cambodia), Taiwan, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia
  • Asian Indian Americans
    Origins are from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh


27a. Are business premises
If your business is located in your personal residence, you should select Home Based. Otherwise, please indicate whether you own or rent your current business location.

27b. Geographic market
Geographic Market refers to the reach of your business’ products or services. Please indicate whether or not your business serves just the local market or if you serve the larger region, national, or international markets.

28. List of contributions of each of the owners
Please indicate the owners’ initial investments into the business at the time of acquisition or at the time of the business’ founding.

29. If license or permit is required to provide product or service, give information as follows
Please provide current information about your licenses, if any, that allow your business to operate legally.

31. Identify any owner, management official or employee of your company who is associated with any other business
Please disclose whether or not any of the owners listed on this application is connected or affiliated with any other business or company.

32. Identify those individuals (owners, non-owners and key employees) who are responsible for the day-to-day operations and policy decision-making
Please list the people who run the day-to-day operations of the company.

33. Is the company bonded?
Some companies, especially in the construction industry, require bonding insurance. If your company has bonding insurance, please indicate so here.

34. Provide three current customer references
When providing a customer reference, we recommend using either a current or recent customer.

35. Provide two current bank references
Please list the name and contact info for the banking institution that provides banking services to your business.

36. If company is a Distributor
Please list the value of items for sale that are being housed in your Michigan warehouses/locations.

37. If company is a Manufacturer
Manufacturers should list the major types of equipment they own, such as machinery, and whether or not you own or lease that equipment. If you are not a manufacturer, you may skip this question.

38. If company is a Contractor
Please complete this section if you are in the building or construction industries. If not, you may skip this question.

39. Transportation Information
Please complete this section if you are in the trucking or transport industries. If not, you may skip this question.

40. Does the applicant business have any subsidiaries or affiliates or is it a subsidiary of another concern?
Answer “yes” if your business is part of a larger group of companies. Otherwise, select “no.”

41. Does applicant business concern or any person listed in question 26 above have or intend to enter into any type of agreement with any other concern or person which relates to or affects the on-going administration, management or operations of the applicant concern?
If the persons listed in question 26, or any other third parties, have additional operational or management agreements in place with your company, please indicate so by answering “Yes” to this question. If no other agreements exist, you should select “No.”

43. How did you hear about the ___________ Minority Supplier Council?
Fill in the first blank with the word “Michigan.” Next, please indicate how you first learned about the MMSDC.

44. Supply a copy of the applicant's financial statement for one year preceding the year of application or for the time that the applicant has been in business if less than one year, plus financial statement of any subsidiaries of affiliates of the applicant for the same period of time
Financial statements include balance sheets, income statements and federal income tax filings. You are required to submit these documents in order to earn certification. Without them, certification is not possible. If you have been in business for less than 1 year, you can submit an opening balance sheet and projection of income or a statement provided by a certified public accountant. In this instance we also request the 2 most recent years of your personal tax returns.

Disclaimer page
You must agree to the terms and conditions listed on this page when submitting your application. Therefore it is critical that you read the entirety of this page and agree to the terms stated within before proceeding to the Signature Page. Also note that the $300.00 registration fee must be submitted with your application and that this fee is non-refundable.

Signature page
Please obtain dated signatures from all of the controlling members of your company on this page. Then, be sure to have the page notarized by a licensed Notary Public. IMPORTANT: The date of the signatures should be identical to the date of the notarized seal.