Apply for Small Business Enterprise or Minority Business Enterprise Certification (SBE or MBE)
My company is based in another state, but I have a field office in Connecticut. Is my company eligible for certification?
No, the company’s principal place of business must be located in Connecticut.
What is a microbusiness preference?
Answer: The microbusiness preference (C.S.S. 4a-59) is not part of the Supplier Diversity/Set-Aside Program; however, companies whose gross revenues are < $3,000,000 are also considered to be microbusinesses. There is no certification for a microbusiness. If you company qualifies as a microbusiness, the Contracting Agency may give a 10% price preference to microbusinesses when evaluating bid responses and a 15% price preference to veteran-owned microbusinesses certified by the Connecticut Department of Veteran’s affairs (DVA). Questions about microbusiness preferences may be directed to DAS Contracting Staff at 860-713-5095. Questions about the Veteran’s microbusiness certification may be directed to the DVA.
How long is the certification period?
Answer: The certificate is valid for a period not to exceed two years.
What State agencies participate in the Supplier Diversity Program?
Answer: All executive branch State agencies with a budget of more than $10,000 are required to make a good faith effort to set aside 25% of their purchases for certified small or minority business enterprises.
Is there a directory of companies certified through the Office of Supplier Diversity?
Answer: Yes. - Directory of certified SBE/MBE companies.
Is the Small Business Enterprise/Minority Business Enterprise Certificate (SBE/MBE) the same as the Prequalification certification?
No. These are two separate programs with different purposes.
- The Supplier Diversity (Set-Aside) Program certifies Connecticut based businesses as a “Small Business (SBE)” or “Minority Business (MBE)”. This enables them to compete for contracts set-aside for SBE/MBE companies only.
- The Construction Contractor Prequalification program is designed to pre-screen certain criteria of Construction Contractors enabling them to bid on Public Works projects >$500,000.
Both programs are administered by the DAS.
Questions about the Supplier Diversity Program can be directed to 860-713-5236
Questions about the Construction Contractor Prequalification Program can be directed to 860-713-5280.
What is an affiliate company?
Answer: For the purposes of the Supplier Diversity/Set-Aside Program, if an individual owns 20% or more of the applying company and 20% or more of another company, the companies are considered affiliates. The combined gross revenue for all companies cannot exceed $15,000,000. If it does, the company is not eligible to be certified.
How may I find out about bidding opportunities for companies certified in the program?
Answer: Bidding Opportunities can be found on the State Contracting Portal.
If my company is certified with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, will it automatically be eligible with the Department of Administrative Services’ Supplier Diversity Program (DAS)?
Answer: Connecticut companies that are certified by the Department of Transportation and who also meet Supplier Diversity Program’s certification requirements are eligible for certification by the Department of Administrative Services. Due to the differing laws, additional information may be required depending on the company’s business structure. Your company should be ready to submit current documentation to DAS.
Are there separate applications for initial Certification and Recertification as there have been in the past?
Answer: No, there is only one application for the initial certification and renewals. The on-line application will save your company information from year to year, and will automatically keep track of your certification history as well as required documentation for the current certification.
Can I print a hardcopy of the on-line application?
Answer: Yes. To do so, access your application online, and you will see an option to print your application in the menu to the left of the application.
Once the certification process is complete how do I obtain my Small Business Enterprise
Answer: When the certification is approved, you will receive an e-mail that will provide you a link to print the SBE/MBE Certificate from your own personal computer.