Supplier Diversity Program 

Certification through the State of Missouri MBE, WBE, and SDVE certification program can increase your opportunities in:

Doing Business with the State of Missouri

Certification as a Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), and/or Service-Disabled Veteran Enterprise (SDVE) provides greater opportunities for these businesses to participate on state contracts. Many state contracts include certified vendor participation goals. Certified vendors may receive additional points towards the bid score when bidding on state contracts. 

Procurement Opportunities

In addition to accessing the bid boards on MissouriBuys, additional procurement opportunities are shared with certified MBE, WBE, SDVE vendors. 

Certified MBE/WBE/SDVE Vendor Directories

Certified MBE and WBE vendors appear on the Office of Equal Opportunity Certified M/WBE Vendors Directory. Certified SDVE vendors appear on the Certified SDVE Vendors Directory. State agencies, contractors, and other organizations use this site as a resource to identify MBE, WBE, SDVE vendors who are available to participate on contracts.

Vendor Networking and Outreach

Certified MBE, WBE, SDVE vendors are invited to participate in various networking events, training opportunities and workshops.

Who is eligible for M/WBE Certification?

To become M/WBE certified with the State of Missouri, a business must meet the following requirements :

  • At least 51 percent of the business must be owned by a minority and/or a woman;
  • The minority and/or woman owner must be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S.;
  • The minority and/or woman owner must hold the highest position in the company and be capable of exercising direct control over the daily, as well as long-term decisions regarding the management, policies and operations of the firm;
  • The business must be organized as a for-profit business.

If the firm meets the requirements above then the firm may be eligible to participate in the State of Missouri M/WBE program.

Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVE)

A Service-Disabled Veteran is defined as any individual who is disabled as certified by the appropriate federal agency responsible for the administration of veteran’s affairs. 

To be eligible for certification as a Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVE) the business must meet the following criteria:

  • At least fifty-one (51) percent owned by one or more service-disabled veterans;
  • The service-disabled veteran(s) must be capable of exercising direct control over daily and long-term decisions regarding the management, policy and operations of the business;
  • Be doing business as a Missouri firm, corporation, or individual, or maintaining a Missouri office or place of business, and
  • The business must be organized as a for-profit business.
SDVE Certified

These logos may be used by vendors who are currently certified with the State of Missouri’s Office of Equal Opportunity’s (OEO) MBE/WBE Certification Program. This logo is intended solely for marketing purposes—and should not be used to verify a firm’s certification status. Please go to OEO’s Vendor Directory— here—or contact our office for verification. To maintain the integrity of the certification program and certified MBE/WBE businesses, unauthorized use of the logo in connection with a business not currently certified as an MBE/WBE with the State of Missouri is not permissible.  

Supplier Diversity Program Quick Links

for Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Certification

for businesses – Access to Information, Capital, and Resources