The Federal Government 8(a) program for small and disadvantaged businesses can be a valuable tool for experienced, socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners, who have already been in business for at least two years or more, and are interested in expanding their footprint in the federal marketplace. Click here for information on the program.
This certification is free of charge. Florida’s SBDC Network is a great resource in working through the 8(a) Certification process. Click here for more information on Florida SBDC’s Professional Business Consulting.
State Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification
State Government Program through The Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD). This certification is at available at no cost. Click here for more information.
National Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification
National certifications can help minority entrepreneurs gain new business from the private sector. Certification is available for an annual fee for qualifying minority owned businesses. Click here for more information.
Florida Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
The DBE Certification Program is a Federal Program designed for business owners deemed "socially and economically disadvantaged.” This certification is at available at no cost. Click here for details.