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The Minority and Small Business Development Division administers a certification program to identify capable minority and women-owned businesses participating in the procurement activities of educational institutions, governmental agencies and private entities.
A minority business is a socially and economically disadvantaged small business concern organized for profit as defined under the Small Business Act, (15 U.S.C.S., Section 637[a]), and performing a commercially useful function. The business must have one or more minority or female owners with controlling interest.
Minority businesses not eligible to participate in the program include: charitable institutions or nonprofit enterprises, newspapers, magazines, radio or television broadcasting companies or similar enterprises through which editorial opinions are expressed or businesses that engage in lending directly or indirectly.
Certification confirms that a minority or women-owned business is a credible entity and attests to the fact that:
The certification program creates a database of minority and women-owned businesses that serves as a directory of products and services and also identifies prospects for procurement and contracting opportunities. Certification is valid for three years.
Application and Roadmap for Applicants Document (368kb word document)
Self-Certified Application (180kb pdf document). Alternatively, you can download the self-certified form, and send the completed form to the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration. This allows the State of Mississippi to update its vendor files with information on minority and women-owned businesses.
For more information:
Minority and Small Business Development Division