National Minority Supplier Diversity Council
The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members.
- Website: nmsdc.org
- Corporate membership information: nmsdc.org/corporate-membership
- Corporate member list: nmsdc.org/corporate-membership/corporate-members
- Dues structure: nmsdc.org/app-corporate-member
- MBE certification information: nmsdc.org/mbes/mbe-certification
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.
- Website: wbenc.org
- WBENC certification homepage: wbenc.org/certification
- Certification FAQ: wbenc.org/certification-faqs
- WBENC certification fees range from $350 to $1,250 based on reported annual gross revenue.
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce supplier diversity initiative (SDI) serves as the exclusive third-party certifying organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-owned business enterprises (LGBTBEs) and works to enhance the visibility of LGBT businesses to corporations interested in conducting business with LGBT suppliers.
- Website: nglcc.org
- Supplier Diversity Initiative FAQ: nglcc.org/SDI-FAQ
- Contact the corporate relations team by email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the Supplier Diversity Initiative Team by phone at 202-234-9181 or by email at email@example.com
Disabled Person-Owned Business Enterprise
The Supplier Diversity program is the leading third-party certifying organization of disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs), including service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (SDV-DOBEs) promoting their utilization and growth.
- Website: disabilityin.org/what-we-do/supplier-diversity
- Disability:IN Supplier Diversity Certification homepage: disabilityin.org/what-we-do/supplier-diversity/get-certified
- Contact by phone at 800-706-2710, by email at info@disabilityIN.org, or by mail at
1310 Braddock Pl, Ste 101
Alexandria, VA 22314
Small Business Administration 8(a) Program
The goal of the U.S. federal government is to award at least 5% of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year.
- Website: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/8a-business-development-program
- SBA program qualifications: certify.sba.gov
- Contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at
Office of Government Contracting and Business Development
409 Third St, SW 8th Fl
Washington, DC 20416
The U.S. federal government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones). Joining the HUBZone program will make businesses eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. Businesses must be certified by the SBA before applying for the HUBZone program.
- Website: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/hubzone-program
- Program benefits: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/hubzone-program#section-header-0
- HUBZone program qualifications: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/hubzone-program#section-header-2
- Get certified as a HUBZone business: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/hubzone-program#section-header-5
- Maintain HUBZone certification: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/hubzone-program#section-header-7
- Contact by email at email@example.com or by mail at
Office of the HUBZone program
409 Third St, SW
Washington, DC 20416
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by minority business enterprises in state and local procurement. To be certified as a DBE, a firm must be a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
- Website: transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise/dbe-program-overview
- DBE program eligibility (transportation.gov/civil-rights/disadvantaged-business-enterprise/eligibilty)
- Contact by phone at 202-366-4648 or by mail at
U.S. Department of Transportation
Departmental Office of Civil Rights
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business
The goal of the U.S. federal government is to award at least 3% of all federal contracting dollars each year to small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.
- Website: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-businesses-program
- Program benefits: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-businesses-program#section-header-0
- Disabled veterans’ business program qualifications: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-businesses-program#section-header-2
- Represent yourself as a disabled veteran-owned business: sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-businesses-program#section-header-4
- Contact by phone at 202-205-6773 or by mail at
Office of Veterans Business Development
409 Third St, SW
Washington, DC 20416
Certified Veteran’s Business Enterprise and Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprise
The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) has two certification programs-the Certified Veteran’s Business Enterprise and the Certified Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprise. This initiative creates a standard in certification for veteran-owned businesses of all sizes and enables corporate America to proactively source and confidently utilize businesses that are at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by U.S. military veterans.