MBE Certification

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What is an MBE?

An MBE is a Minority Business Enterprise. MBEs are companies owned by United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic or Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals-i.e., the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.

Bi-Weekly Pre-Certification Webinars

Pre-certification webinars are held bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 10:00 am EST. The webinars are designed to provide potential MBEs with critical information needed for the MBE Certification. Topics of discussion include benefits of certification, application process, required documents, fees, re-certification and the programs and services of the Florida State MSDC. We are here to answer your questions.

Please register for the date and time that works best for you. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Certification and Recertification Fees

  • $300 - Gross sales are up to $1 million
  • $475 - Gross sales are above $1 million but less than $5 million
  • $625 - Gross sales are above $5 million but less than $10 million
  • $800 - Gross sales are above $10 million

The application fee is non-refundable.


Benefits of becoming a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) include:

  1. Validation of MBE status
  2. Opportunities for Sales and Marketing
  3. Access to Mentor-Protégé Program
  4. Access to educational programs
  5. Business Advisory Services
  6. Financial assistance and support
  7. National/International market access

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An MBE is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, controlled and managed by minority group members. “Minority group members” are U.S. citizens who are African-American, Latino-American, Native American, Asian-Pacific American or Asian-Indian American by birth and bloodline. “Ownership” by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, those minority group members control the governance of the business and manage its daily business operations.

For purposes of National Minority Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC) program, an ethnic-minority group member is an individual who is a U.S. citizen with at least 1/4 or 25% minimum (third party governmental documentation to support claim of 25% required from applicant) and is a person whose bloodline reflects an indigenous heritage from the following countries:

  • African-American – A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of sub-Saharan Africa. These countries include the following: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Afro-Caribbean descendants are also eligible.
  • Latin-American – A U.S. citizen of trueborn Latin heritage from any of the Spanish speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean basin only. (Afro-Brazilian, indigenous/Indian only). These countries include the following: Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Belize, and Nicaragua.
  • Native American – A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or native Hawaiian. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or organized group of native people who are indigenous to the United States. Proof must be provided.
  • Asian, Asian Indian and Pacific Islander American – A U. S. citizen whose origins are from the Asian Pacific Islander region. These countries include Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Samoa, Thailand, Taiwan, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas and Vietnam.

Being born in one of the countries listed above DOES NOT, by itself, qualify an individual as an ethnic minority.


Subscription Services

The Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Subscription Services is an add-on that provides a multitude of value-added services for MBEs. The Subscription was created upon recognizing the need to help businesses make an even greater impact in the marketplace. MBEs are not required to purchase the Subscription Services.

Please note that certification and recertification fees are not included in the Subscription Services fees.

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