There are advantages of obtaining the State of Missouri M/WBE certification. Certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and/or Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) provides greater opportunities for these businesses to bid on state contracts. All certified M/WBE vendors appear on the Office of Equal Opportunity Directory of Certified M/WBE Vendors. Both contractors and state agencies use this site as a resource in soliciting certified minority and/or female participation for ongoing projects. This certification covers all state agencies except for Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), which participates in the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.
How to Become M/WBE Certified
To become M/WBE certified, the first question to answer is “Should I apply?”
- Is your firm at least 51% owned by a woman or minority individual(s) who also controls the
- Is the minority or woman owner a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of
- Is your firm organized as a for-profit business?
If you answered “Yes” to all of the questions above, you may be eligible to
participate in the State M/WBE program. See more on Eligibility/Application
Once you become M/WBE Certified, it is important to keep your certification current by re-certifying yearly.
Learn more about the update/renewal process.
Learn more about keeping industry and commodity/service code choices up-to-date.
Denial and Appeal Process
If you have been denied certification, learn more about the denial and appeal process.