Certification(s) Information - Eligibility & Requirements

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Eligibility & Requirements


State Program with Certification through Department of Administrative Services (DAS)


  • A company that is owned and controlled by at least fifty-one percent (51%) of US citizens and residents of Ohio, belonging to one of the following ethnic groups: African-American, Native American, Hispanic, or Asian.
  • The business must be a for-profit entity.
  • Owner must have control over daily operations.
  • The firm must have been in operation at least one year prior to applying for certification.
  • Owner must have all licenses, permits and authorities required by law to perform the scope of work.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Eligibility & Requirements
Federal Program with Certification through Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)

  • A business owned and controlled by 51% minorities, women, and other socially and economically disadvantaged persons or group whose members are so deemed by the Small Business Association (SBA).
  • Disadvantaged persons must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident alien.
  • Business and its affiliates must not have more than $23.98 million in annual gross receipts in the past three (3) fiscal years.
  • Only disadvantaged persons with a personal net worth less than $1.32 million will be considered.

Encouraging Diversity Growth & Equity (EDGE) Eligibility & Requirements

State Program with Certification through Department of Administrative Services (DAS)



  • A business that is a socially and economically disadvantaged and controlled by U.S. Citizens who are Ohio residents.
  • Socially disadvantaged requirements: race, ethnic origin, gender, physical/mental disability or long-term residency in an isolated environment from mainstream Ohio society.
  • Economically disadvantaged requirements: personal net worth of each owner cannot exceed $250,000 at the time of program entry.  Personal net worth of each owner cannot exceed $750,000 during participation.

Veteran-Friendly Business Enterprise (VFBE) Eligibility & Requirements


State Program with Certification through Department of Administrative Services (DAS)



  • Business applicant must have at least ten percent (10%) of its employees on active service or are veterans.
  • At least fifty-one percent (51%) of the business must be owned by veterans or persons on active service.
  • For a corporation where fifty-one percent (51%0 of the business is not owned by veteran or persons on active service, then at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the board of directors must be on active service or veterans.
  • The business must be certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, or a Veteran-Owned Small Business, and the owner(s) of the business meet the definition of veteran as defined in the Ohio Administrative Code.
All of the above information, and more, can be found at Ohio Department of Administrative Services.