MBE Certification process at-a-glance
In order to achieve Certified MBE status, all applicants must successfully navigate the MBE Certification process outlined below. We recommend that you review this process in full before embarking on your certification journey. Doing so will provide a realistic idea of what to expect throughout the certification process, and give you a better estimate of how long it will take to complete the process.
We intentionally limit the number of attendees at the briefings so that we can provide personalized service for all applicants and also answer any questions that may pertain to your particular business. We understand that it may be difficult for some prospective applicants to attend, but applicant data has shown that those who attend in-person pre-certification meetings produce more successful applications than those who do not. For this reason we now ask that all applicants begin the certification process by attending one of these meetings.
- The completed application form that has been filled out according to the guidelines provided during the pre-certification meeting.
- All of the required document attachments requested within the application.
- A non-refundable $350.00 application fee that will be used to cover the cost of MMSDC’s certification process. Please note that this one-time fee is separate from the annual dues fees you will incur if your business becomes certified.
Failure to provide any of these items, or failure to include all required attachments will prevent your application from being processed. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you take your time and work with the MMSDC staff as needed in order to make your submission as complete as possible.
If the content requirements have not been met, our team of certification experts will contact you via email to request the missing components. Application will be on hold until the information is received. Please note this will impact your application processing time. This process usually involves clarifying submitted information, reformatting submitted information, or locating missing documents that were supposed to be included with the original submission.
The purpose of this visit is to verify that the data listed in your application align with the reality of your business operation. Please note that the majority minority owner must be present during the site visit.
If your application is rejected, you may appeal the ruling within 30 days. Otherwise, you are required to wait a period of one year before re-applying.
This invoice represents a recurring, annual fee that your enterprise will be required to pay every in order to remain a Certified MBE.