WBE/MBE Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the requirements for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certification?
- What are the ethnic definitions?
- How is the ethnic background determined?
- How do I receive a certification application or recertification short form?
- How will I be listed?
- How long will it take for me to be certified with the City of Toledo?
- What does the certification process entail?
- What if I am just recertifying?
- Are there any other agencies that provide services to MBE’s?
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (MBE) OR WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (WBE) CERTIFICATION?
The company must be owned and controlled by at least 51% MBE or WBE interest and be U.S. citizens. For Minority Business Enterprises, the 51% interest must belong to one of the following ethnic groups:
- Native American/Alaskan Native
- Hispanic or Latino
- Asian/Pacific Islander
The basic racial and ethnic categories for Federal statistics and program administrative reporting are defined as follows:
- American Indian or Alaskan Native. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
- Asian or Pacific Islander. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands. This area includes, for example, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands, and Samoa.
- Black. A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
- Hispanic or Latino. A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Examples are: a copy of the birth certificate, U.S. passport, U.S. military records or tribal role numbers assigned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs or other official documentation that states ethnic identification.
You may go to the City of Toledo website at www.toledo.oh.gov. Subsequently, double click on the Diversity & Inclusion. You may also visit One Government Center Suite #1900 Toledo, OH 43604 to obtain an application.
You will be listed according to your specialty and then we will list what services or construction work you can provide in detail. If you have very different services to offer we will not list you under different categories, but we will put the different service areas in bold print for easier reference. You will only be placed on one list; either the Minority Business Enterprise list or the Women Business Enterprise list. If you are a minority female, you will be listed under the Minority Business Enterprise list unless you notify us in writing that you want to be listed as a Women Business Enterprise instead.
If you meet the requirements and turn in all completed documentation it takes approximately 1 to 3 weeks. Incomplete applications and/or paperwork will result in delays. All applications are reviewed and subject to the approval by the Director of Diversity & Inclusion. The Director renders the final decision on all applications. There is no formal appeal process for denied applications.
Submit a completed, notarized application (All application areas must be answered). You must also provide (additional documentation may also be required):
- Current Tax records, current business financial statements, and bank signature cards.
- Work resumes.
- Ethnic documentation
- Any relevant licenses.
- Proof of Insurance and proof of Worker’s Compensation.
- Corporations are the only business structure that needs to provide the following documents: Articles of Incorporation, by-laws, minutes, shares ledger, corporate tax returns and stock certificates.
- Any partnership agreements.
We ask that you return your completed Recertification Short Form one month prior to your expiration date so we may maintain impeccable files. We now require a simple recertification every three years if no changes in structure/control or ownership have taken place. If changes in structure or control have occurred you must notify us and fill out an MBE/WBE Certification application to determine if the new structure and/or ownership qualifies. When your notarized forms have been received, a new certificate will be issued, which will be good for three years. Make sure you indicate your business current phone number, fax, business specialty, address, and email.
The Minority Financial Commission provides technical, professional and financial support to MBE’s in the State of Ohio. The number is 1-800-848-1300. The Toledo Chamber of Commerce is a great resource to utilize if you are a new company that is trying to get your business started. Their contact number is 419-243-8191.
Should you have any other questions, you may call (419) 245-1791 for assistance.