MBE Certification: Start Your Journey Here

Who Can Apply: Businesses demonstrating ownership, management, and control by minority individuals.

Certification Process Overview

Eligibility Review

Confirm your business meets the criteria here.

Document Preparation

Gather necessary documentation outlined here

Application Submission

Complete and submit your application online, including payment.


Undergo a desk audit and site visit to verify business details.

Committee Review

Your application will be reviewed by the certification compliance committee.


Board Decision

The Board of Directors will make the final approval.


Receive your certification status, valid for 1 year with annual renewal required.

An MBE, or Minority Business Enterprise, refers to a business that has received certification confirming it is at least 51% owned, managed, and operated by U.S. citizens who are part of minority groups including Asian, Black, Hispanic, or Native American individuals. This certification applies to both private and public companies and ensures that the controlling interests and daily operations are under the leadership of minority group members. The MBE certification is a recognition that supports and promotes diversity in business ownership and operational leadership.

Are you ready to get Certified?

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Certification Benefits

Access to over 650 certified minority-owned businesses.
National recognition and exposure to top corporations.
Opportunities for increased revenue through partnerships.
Participation in exclusive training seminars and networking events

Certification Fees

Class 1

(< $1M): $400

Class 2

($1M – $9.99M): $650

Class 3

($10M – $49.9M): $1,050

Class 4

($50M and above): $1,400

Expedited Processing

Additional $350

Get Started: Ready to become certified? Apply Online and attend our MBE Pre-Certification Workshop, held virtually every 1st Thursday at 11:00 am.

Need Help? For questions or more information, contact us at certification@hmsdc.org.