In order to classify your company as a diverse business, RecruitAlliance requires proof of certification. We accept certification from the following organizations:
Why do some of my customers care so much about certification? If some of your corporate or government customers are asking you if you are certified or are encouraging you to become certified, there is a reason for it. Often times, these entities are tracking their dollars spent with diverse businesses (including woman business enterprises (WBEs), minority business enterprises (MBEs), small business enterprises (SBEs), disable veteran business enterprises (DVBEs), etc) by both dollar amount and percentage of total spend. They are tracking these dollars for any number of reasons, which may include:
Is acquiring certification easy?
Becoming certified takes time, effort and diligence on your part as a business owner, as it requires a substantial amount of paperwork. Depending on the certifying agency, certification may require a fee as high as $350 and can take up to 90 days from the time you submit your paperwork. You can reduce process time by ensuring complete and accurate information in the packages you submit to the certifying organization. Keep in mind, certifying organizations are required to strictly adhere to standards in order to protect the integrity of the certification, which makes it more valuable to you once you have it.
8(a), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), HUBZone, Service-disabled Veteran-owned
U.S. Small Business Administration
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (DVBE)
State government agencies, state Department of Transportation and affiliated organizations
Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
City or County government agencies depending on where your business is located
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women's Business Enterprise National Council
Assistance with application for various certifications
Small Business Development Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, EZCertify