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Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification

Online Registration for SBE/MBE/WBE Certification.   

Note:  If you require a paper copy of this application, please contact the Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Certificationdepartment at 216-443-7230.



A business applying for SBE certification must establish that it has a physical presence located within the geographical limits of Cuyahoga County as registered in official documents. (Mailbox facilities or other similar arrangements do not constitute a physical presence).

The applicant(s) must demonstrate operational and managerial control of the firm.

To become eligible for the SBE/MBE/WBE Program, a Business firm must demonstrate that it has been in continuous operation in the category or the related category for which it is requesting certification for one year and that majority ownership has at least one (1) year of work experience relevant to the business certification category; for the Small Business Enterprise, its’ annual gross revenues or its’ total workforces are at or less than the amounts established by the Small Business Administration in the following link:

http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/Size_Standards_Table.pdf

For the MBE/WBE in addition to the above the MBE/WBE businesses must be owned, operated and controlled by one or more Minority/Women who have at least 51% ownership; they also must have operational and managerial control, interest in capital, and earnings commensurate with the percentage of ownership; and the Business Enterprise must be located and doing business in the Cleveland Contracting Market which is Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, Medina County and Summit County.