Why should you certify your business?

by | Oct 16, 2023

Businesses are required to register with the Ohio Secretary of State to legally conduct business in the state — this is commonly called a business license. Similarly, many businesses and professionals are required to hold certain licenses, certifications, permits, or registrations to work in their professions (via Ohio.gov).

We are here to help.

Our Minority Business Assistance Center (hosted by SCMBA) is designed to help you throughout the certification process. There are up to four certification programs you can obtain for your business.

Minority Business Enterprise Program (MBE) – Learn More
Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity Program (EDGE) – Learn More
Women Business Enterprise Program (WBE) – Learn More
Veteran-Friendly Business Enterprise Procurement Program (VFBE) – Learn More

What’s the benefit of becoming a certified business?

Certified businesses have the chance to engage in sheltered bidding processes and qualify for subcontracting opportunities. Certification offers the privilege of inclusion in statewide searchable databases, a valuable asset for marketing business services. With certification, financial support is accessible, with exclusive access to loan and bond programs. Additionally, some of the certification programs grant access to various business development programs, which enhance financial prospects.

Beyond government contracts, certification facilitates engagement with non-governmental entities with supplier diversity programs. Collaborative opportunities with fellow certified businesses can also be explored, fostering mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships!

Get certified today! Contact our MBAC Director/Business Advisor, Skyler Parks at 330-458-2082 or skylerp@starkminoritybusiness.org. He will walk you through the entire certification process.

Learn more about the Minority Business Assistance Center


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