Bringing Extra Value to Your Business

CertifiedOur certifications, designations and affiliations mean we have the added backing and support of government and private sectors verification that we are on the cutting edge of what it takes to fully serve our customers with the most up-to-date knowledge and resources. Certification is a review process designed to ensure that a small business is actually owned, controlled, and operated by the applicants. Most certifications are granted for Minority or Women owned businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, and Underutilized businesses. Certification agencies implement the processes for government and private sector entities and ensure that only firms that meet the eligibility criteria of the individual programs are properly certified.


Read below for explanations of our designations, and click here to view a complete list of our certifications and designations. Or, to view our awards please visit the awards page.


Staying on the Cutting EdgeSDB cert

We maintain several certifications each year that qualify us as government and private sector approved service providers. Below is an explanation of what our certifications and designations mean to us and to your company.


DBE certificateDisadvantaged Businesses Enterprise (DBE) – Federal law mandates a number of requirements with respect to disadvantaged business enterprises of DBEs, and as such entities are defined under federal law – in projects where federal funds are utilized. In terms of public works and construction projects, federal funds are generally used to some extent for major transportation projects in particular. These requirements, which are under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Transportation, include setting of DBE utilization goals, design and implementation of a DBE “program”, monitoring and reporting. 


MBE certifcateMinority Owned Businesses (MBE) –  A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. “Minority group members” are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.


WBEMinority Women Business Enterprise (WBE) – To become certified as a woman owned business, businesses must show: All prospective members must provide clear and documented evidence that at least 51% or more is women-owned, managed, and controlled. The business must be open for at least six months. And the business owner must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien. Also, evidence must indicate that the contribution of capital and/or expertise by the woman business owner is real and substantial and in proportion to the interest owned. The woman business owner must direct or cause the direction of management, policy, fiscal, and operational matters. And the woman business owner shall have the ability to perform in the area of specialty or expertise without reliance on either the finances or resources of a firm that is not owned by a woman.


DIABusinessACDBEAirport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) are small businesses that have socially and economically disadvantaged individuals that own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations. African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged. ACDBE means Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. To participate in the airport DBE program, a small business owned, operated and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals must receive DBE certification from the applicable state. In addition, the 51% owner must have a personal net worth that does not exceed $1.32M (starting in 2011) for DBE Certification and $750,000 for ACDBE Certification. Also the business must meet SBA size criteria and have average annual gross receipts not to exceed the current threshold. ACDBE certified businesses are often more attractive bidders for airport concession leases and other business opportunities that have an ACDBE quota to meet.

Source: http://www.mwbe-enterprises.com