what does it mean to be minority certified?

Minority certification is a key for doing business today. They open doors for procurement opportunities with corporations and local and federal government. GSWBCC does not offer certifications, however, we educate our members about the certification process and connect them with organizations that certify.   

Why get certified?

  • Having a minority-owned business certification can help you tap into a large pool of public and private sector programs
  • corporations, the federal government, and state agencies all want to do business with minority-owned companies. The department of Transportation, for example, requires that recipients of its funding award a percentage of contracts to minority-owned businesses and many large companies have goals for buying from minority-owned suppliers.
  • The reasons for such mandates is twofold. First, contracting with minority-owned businesses is important to customers: "Corporate American understand that you cannot expect minorities to buy things when you haven't done business with minorities". Second, it's responsible: "It's important because the government sector must ensure that all firms in our state have an opportunity to participate in contracts that are paid for with tax dollars."
  • To meet their objectives, private and public sector firms search for minority-owned suppliers through programs that have formal certification processes. If you're not certified, you can miss out on business ranging from a marketing opportunity to reduced-competition access to a public contact.