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M/WBE Certifications

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 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
    the U.S.?
  • 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.