- You must be a U.S. citizen and your business must be 51% owned, managed and controlled by either a woman or women, or
- You must be a U.S. citizen and your business must be 51% owned, managed and controlled by either a minority or minorities from one of the following groups:
- African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American
- In addition, your company must be certified as a minority or women owned business by one of the third party certification agencies mentioned below, or through your state/local agency.
1. National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
NMSDC is a business membership organization for the purpose of certifying and connecting more than 15,000 minority owned businesses with its 3500+ member corporations. NMSDC has more than 39 regional councils across the country. For more information about the certification process by NMSDC, please visit their website at www.nmsdc.org.
2. Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
WBENC is an organization formed to advocate and provide growth and development opportunities for women business owners. WBENC is a national third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women. For more information about the certification process by WBENC, please visit their website at www.wbenc.org