Minority Certification Programs
Minority, Disadvantaged, Disabled, and Small Business Enterprise Certification Programs
If you are a minority business owner in the State of Florida, there are numerous state programs and initiatives available to help your business grow and succeed.
In 2009, the Florida Legislature found that "there is evidence of a systematic pattern of past and continuing racial discrimination against minority business enterprises and a disparity in the availability and use of minority business enterprises in the state procurement system" and "based upon statistical data profiling this discrimination, the Legislature has enacted race-conscious and gender-conscious remedial programs to ensure minority participation in the economic life of the state, in state contracts for the purchase of commodities and services, and in construction contracts".*
Unfortunately, like every state or government program, cutting through the red tape is a hassle. More than any other licensing process, Minority Certification can be time-consuming, arduous, and overwhelming. The good news is that API has successful experience with this certification process.
State of Florida Certification Programs:
Office of Supplier Diversity - Certification programs to do business with cities, counties, school districts, hospitals, water management districts, certain private sector, and quasi-government entities.
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Equal Opportunity DBE Program - Certification program to engage in road, highway or bridge planning, design, construction or maintenance related goods and services.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) DBE Program - Certification program to engage primarily in airport related goods and services, including concessions.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) DBE Program - Certification program to engage primarily in transit related goods and services, including concessions.
Call today to speak with a minority certification expert regarding available state programs and necessary qualifications!