SBE – Small Business Enterprise

How do I know if I qualify for certification?

The questions in this application and the documents we ask for are to verify the following requirements in federal rules and regulations. Please call us if you have any questions about these qualifications.

The business must be:

  • For-profit
  • A small business based on U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards, which is measured in two ways:

The eligible owner(s) must:

  • Own at least 51% of the business and show contribution of capital and expertise.
  • Control the managerial and day-to-day operations and possess the power to direct the management and policies of the business.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
  • Have a personal net worth less than $1.32 Million.

How long will the application process take? 

It takes about 90 days to process your certification application, depending on the complexity and completeness of your application. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Within a week of receiving your application, we will email you to let you know we have assigned your application to a certification analyst.
  2. An analyst will review your application and documents, and call you in about two weeks with questions and any needed additional information.
  3. After your analyst receives this additional information, it takes about 2 to 4 weeks to analyze your file.
  4. We will contact you to schedule an on-site visit at your business.
  5. Your analyst will conduct the on-site visit and finish processing your application.
  6. Your application then goes through final review, which takes about 1 to 2 weeks.
  7. We will email you a letter once we have made a final decision on your certification.


Application tips

  1. Submit a complete application and all required documents in the application checklist.
  2. Do not leave any area of the application blank. If an area does not apply to your business, indicate “N/A” with a brief explanation.
  3. If in doubt, call us. The most common delays occur because of an incomplete application or response to an additional information request.  We are here to help you!
  4. Be responsive to additional information requests. Check your email for correspondence.
  5. Be specific when writing your proposed business description. Procurement officials and prime contractors search our online directory for key words related to the goods and services they want to purchase. You can look at OMWBE’s online directory for examples:
  6. We recommend you keep a copy of your application packet and supporting documentation for your records

To download the application either use the download button or use right click and select “save as”.