Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the advantage of being certified with OMWBE?

The Office of Minority and Women Owned Businesses Enterprises (OMWBE), strives to provide equity in contracting and procurement opportunities with local, state and federal governments.

If you are already established or just starting a business, OMWBE certification can:

  • Boost your potential for conducting business with government entities;
  • Significantly increase your visibility through listings on important databases for certified firms and active bids throughout the state; and
  • Provide private-sector companies another opportunity to meet their own supplier diversity goals.

 

Whom can I contact for help with my application?

Please call OMWBE at (360) 664-9750 or Toll Free (866) 208-1064 and ask to speak with a Technical Assistant. You can also visit our office any time Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

We are located at: 1110 Capitol Way South, Suite 150 Olympia, WA 98501

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How long will it take me to be certified?

It takes about 45 – 90 days to process your certification application, depending on the complexity, completeness, and type 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 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

An OMWBE analyst will review your application and will contact you within 30 days. The analyst will likely email you with questions and request additional documentation.

State Certification (WBE/MBE/MWBE/SEDBE): It currently takes 8-11 weeks to process your application once we receive all of the required documents. If we determine an on-site is required, it may take an additional 1-2 weeks.

Federal Certification (DBE/ACDBE/SBE): It currently takes 9-13 weeks to process your application once we receive all of the required documents. This includes performing the required on-site.

Please call us if you have any questions when filling out your application or when you receive a request for additional information.

Where can I find resources for small businesses?

You may want to read the Small Business Guide at the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance website for information on how to start and operate a small business in Washington http://www.ora.wa.gov/business.asp.

OMWBE state certification also makes it possible to participate in the Linked Deposit Program, where certified firms can work with linked deposit participating banks to see if they can receive better rates. Check out OMWBE linked deposit program here.

 

Does my certification have to be renewed?

State Certification:
If your firm is state certified, you are required to go through a recertification process every three years. OMWBE will send you an Affidavit of Continued Eligibility and a short list of required documents 60-75 days prior to your renewal date. There is a non-refundable fee based on the business structure of the firm:

Sole Proprietorship: $50
Partnership: $75
Limited Liability Corporation (LLC): $100
Corporation: $100

Federal Certification (DBE and ACDBE):
If your firm is federally-certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) or an Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), you are required to update your certification each year. OMWBE will send you an Affidavit of Continued Eligibility and short list of required documents 60-75 days prior to your anniversary date. There is a non-refundable fee of $20.

Federal Certification (SBE):
If your firm is federally-certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE), you are required to go through an annual update process every year. OMWBE will send you an Affidavit of Continued Eligibility and short list of required documents 60-75 days prior to your recertification date. There is no fee for an SBE annual update.

 

 

Where do I send my completed application?

Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to OMWBE:

Mailing Address: OMWBE P.O. Box 41160 Olympia, WA 98504-1160

Physical Address: 1110 Capitol Way South, Suite 150 Olympia, WA 98501

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