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The mission of Impact SoCal is rooted in entrepreneurship and focused on helping business owners expand their capacity to create beneficial employment opportunities. Thus, we encourage eligible business owners to complete their Minority Business Enterprise Certification.  Impact SoCal will assist business owners with understanding the needs and requirements of the MBE Certification, as well as completing the application. Once certified, we will partner with you to find talent and resources to build and expand your business. 

How Can I Become a Certified Minority Business Enterprise?

Review certification criteria and gather required documentation.*

Step 1:

Complete the online application here 

Remember to save as you go!

Step 2:

Pay your application fee online via credit caard

Step 3:

Step 4:

Upload the required documentation.**

Step 5:

Schedule a site visit and interview.

​These will be performed by a Impact So Cal CDC Certification Specialist.

Step 6:

Wait for final approval from the committee and board members.

*Certification Criteria:

  • United States citizens.

  • Minority businesses must be at least 51% minority-owned operated and controlled. For the purposes of NMSDC’s program, a minority group member is an individual who is at least 25% Asian, Black, Hispanic or Native American. Minority eligibility is established via a combination of screenings, interviews and site visits. Ownership, in the case of a publicly-owned business, means that at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more minority group members.

  • Must be a profit enterprise and physically located in the U. S. or its trust territories.

  • Management and daily operations must be exercised by the minority ownership member(s).

**Required Documentation:

(documents will vary by business types – below is a sample for corporations)

  • The History of Business

  • Certificate of Incorporation

  • Articles of Incorporation

  • Stock Certificates and Stock Ledger

  • Minutes to Board of Director’s meetings as well as Shareholder’s meetings

  • Bylaws (executed and attested) and Amendments (if applicable)

  • All agreement(s) pertaining to ownership, operation, and control of the business

  • Business cards that list appropriate corporate titles, copies of resumes, copy of driver’s licenses and proof of US Citizenship (Birth certificates or U.S. Passports only) for all Principals

  • Corporate Bank Resolution Agreement(s) to include Bank Signature Card(s)

  • Business Lease Agreement(s) (and Security Deeds if home-based)

  • Proof of general liability insurance and in some cases bonding

  • Copies of the businesses’ cancelled checks

For More information and to complete the application, please visit the National Minority Supplier Development Council

Resources:

MBE Clearinghouse

National Diversity Coalition

National Minority Supplier Development Council

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