For M/WBE program participation, a business must be state-certified
as a minority-owned (MBE) or a woman-owned (WBE) business.
These two state agencies can handle the certification application process for you: NC Department of Administration and the NC Department of Transportation.
Note: NCDOT calls its state-certified businesses Disadvantage Business Enterprises - DBEs - which is the same as MBEs and WBEs.
To begin the state certification process, visit either of these websites:
Learn more about the state certification process by watching What is North Carolina Certification? and How to Get Certified.
To become a state-certified M/WBE business, you must:
- Demonstrate at least 51 percent ownership, management, and control on a day-to-day basis by a woman or minority, including African-American, Hispanic, Native American
- Complete a detailed application
- Provide ample documentation to support the claim of a minority- or woman-owned business
- Be available for a personal interview or site visit, if requested.
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Office Hours: 8 am to 5 pm Mondays through Fridays.