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Top 3 Most Asked Questions About the MBE/WBE and DBE Certification

The MBE/WBE and DBE certification has been gaining a lot of traction lately. There are many questions about the process and how to go about getting certified. If you are a business owner who is interested in getting certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), then you have come to the right place.

One of the most frequently asked questions is whether or not you can get certified as a sole proprietor. The answer is yes! As a matter of fact, before I established myself as an LLC with my own company, I operated as a sole-proprietor and I got my certification as a sole-proprietor. The recommendation for being an LLC or an incorporation is based on liability reasons. It helps protects you against risks that may come up, protects your assets, and larger contracts typically favor it.

Another question that often comes up is whether or not you can get certified as a new business. The answer is yes, as long as you can prove through your resume or past work history that you have been in the industry and have been doing the service or selling the product. If you are moving into a totally new venture, taking on a new direction, and don’t have any past work experience, then you will not get approved to be certified.

And finally, if you and your business partner are looking to get certified, then there's good news - it is totally possible! But, it will require two separate applications; both parties will need to submit separate applications if they want to be certified. Certification is based on the individual, not company as a whole. So for example, let’s say that one person in particular handles project management within the company – that person would be the candidate who applies for certification relating specifically to their area of expertise.

Looking to get help on the certification process? Give us a call at 877-996-6377 and we’ll get you started!

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