If you are a diverse business and you want to be able to bid on contracts in the public sector with the Massachusetts’ state government agencies, then you will need to be WBE-certified by the State of Massachusetts.
With the issuance of Executive Order 565 effective November 3, 2015, the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) of the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) of the Operational Services Division (OSD) now includes the following designations: Minority (MBE), Women (WBE), Service-Disabled Veteran (SDVOBE), Veteran (VBE), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTBE); and Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBE).
Notice that WBENC also offers WBE certification, however, if you want to business in the private sector with corporations, then you will need to be certified by a third party certifying agency such as WBENC, however, if you want to do business in the public sector with your state’s agencies, then you will need to be certified by your state.
The Center for Women & Enterprise has forged a relationship with the State of Massachusetts’ such that for WBENC-certified businesses there is an abridged application process to becoming WBE-state certified.
Steps to WBE-State Certification
- Apply for and be approved for WBENC WBE Certification
- Click HERE and follow the directions in the chart for, “The Center for Women Enterprise (CWE) (New England WBENC) and other WBENC National affiliate offices, where offered.” You will need to complete and submit the Application for MBE/WBE Already Certified by Third Party Certification.
For assistance with this process, please contact John Fitzpatrick, Director of SDO Programs, at John.B.Fitzpatrick@state.ma.us