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The Minority and Women's Business Enterprises Division of the Department of Administration assists minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses by creating a fair, competitive and equitable business environment for these populations.

Many permits are issued at the county and/or city level, so these will vary depending on where your business is located. Examples of these kinds of permits include zoning, signage and health permits.

Some permits are issued at the state level. Here are some links that might be helpful.

  • Certification Benefits

    Part of its mission is to certify these organizations so that they can benefit from subcontracting opportunities on state contracts. In addition, certified minority, women and veteran business enterprises:

    • Receive access to training opportunities
    • Receive notice of upcoming events, such as networking opportunities
    • Appear in a directory of certified firms
    • Qualify as an MBE/WBE for purchasing by casinos and state universities as well as other public and private organizations
  • Qualifications

    To qualify, a business must be 51 percent owned by qualifying minorities or women who:

    • Possess expertise in the field
    • Control the business enterprise
    • Are U.S. citizens

    Who Can Be Certified?

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  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

    In addition, Indiana businesses can qualify for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification. This certification is available for business owners who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

    To qualify as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, a business must be at least 51 percent owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who:

    • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Possess expertise in the field
    • Control daily business operations
    • Have a personal net worth of less than $1,320,000 (excluding the value of their primary residence and assets of the firm applying for DBE certification)
  • Disadvantaged Groups

    The following groups are presumed by law to be socially and economically disadvantaged

    • Black Americans
    • Hispanic Americans
    • Native Americans / Asian-Pacific Americans
    • Subcontinent Asian Americans
    • Women

    Why Get Certified?

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