Overview
 

MBECO promotes the development of certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). It does this by facilitating their participation in Rhode Island's business and economic development opportunities. Specifically, MBECO services in certification, enforcement, business assistance and advocacy. Certification is a marketing tool, used specifically to enhance your ability to do business in public markets. Where an agency has affirmative purchasing goals, certification increases your chances of receiving a contract. Certification does not guarantee that you will be successful each and every time you bid; but it may add a competitive edge to your bid. MBECO works extensively with state and local agencies to help them fulfill their business purchasing goals. MBECO actively promotes the participation of certified businesses in public and private purchasing and contracting programs. For more information on Rhode Island's procurement system, contact www.purchasing.ri.gov. MBECO offers the following services designed to meet the needs of the Minority (MBE) and Woman-Owned (WBE) business communities. MBECO also assists with new legislative and policy proposals that facilitate the involvement of minorities and women in the mainstream of the economy.

Procurement and Marketing
 

MBECO publishes directories of certified MBE, WBE, and DBE firms. It provides a resource and referral service for certified firms with information about federal, state, municipal and private sector and procurement opportunities, bidding and contracting, financial resources, business assistance agencies and organizations, business membership and networking organizations.

Eligibility
 

A small business concern which is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals or in the case of a publicly owned business, at least fifty-one (51%) of the stock of which is owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more such individuals.

MBE/WBE Certification Application Process
 

Firms seeking certification as an MBE and/or WBE must complete and submit the following certification documents. Please note that you must submit five (5) complete copies of the application and all supporting documentation. Additionally, please note that firms located outside of Rhode Island must be certified by their home state certifying agency prior to submitting an application to Rhode Island. Do not place applications in binders or include any extraneous documents such as dividers, tabs, an index, etc., as these documents will only be discarded. Please note that the average processing time for a complete application is approximately eight (8) to ten (10) weeks.

Completed applications should be forwarded to:

Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Office
One Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

DBE and ACDBE Certification Application Process
 

Rhode Island based firms seeking certification as a DBE and/or ACDBE under the U.S. Department of Transportation's DBE program valid for projects and contracts with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) must complete the submit the following certification documents. Please note that you must submit five (5) complete copies of the application and all supporting documentation. Do not place applications in binders or include any extraneous documents such as dividers, tabs, an index, etc., as these documents will only be discarded. Please note that the average processing time for a complete application is approximately eight (8) to ten (10) weeks.

Completed applications should be forwarded to:

Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Office
One Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

Interstate DBE and ACDBE Certification Application Process
 

Out of state firms that are currently certified as a DBE and/or ACDBE by their home state UCP may seek certification as a DBE and/or ACDBE in Rhode Island. U.S. Department of Transportation DBE certification is valid for projects and contracts with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). Pursuant to 49 CFR 26.85(b), out of state DBE firms may request interstate certification by submitting the following:

  1. Interstate DBE and ACDBE Certification Request Form
  2. A copy of your home state UCP certification letter or certificate.
  3. Copies of pertinent Rhode Island licenses, if operating in a licensed industry.

Completed forms should be forwarded to:

Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Office
One Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

State Procurement Opportunities
 

As of April 1, 1997 State law requires that State Bids must be solicited from vendors by computer, rather than by mail and/or print advertisements. The address on the Internet is www.purchasing.ri.gov. It is therefore essential that you take a few minutes to register your company on line in order to access purchasing opportunities with the State of Rhode Island and its quasi-state agencies. It is important to note that your firm does not need to be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise, Women Business Enterprise, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise to access the Rhode Island Vendor Information program.

Rules, Regulations, Procedures And Criteria Governing Certification And Decertification Of MBE Enterprises
 
Contact/Resource:
Phone: 401-574-8670
FAX: 401-574-8387
   
One Capitol Hill | Providence, RI 02908 | (401) 574-8670

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