The DM/DWBE programs provide an opportunity for disadvantaged minority/disadvantaged women to participate in the County's procurement program

This includes construction, contractual services, professional consulting services, and commodities.


There are no fees associated with apply for DM/DWBE Certification.


Businesses must meet the following eligibility qualifications:

  • Principally domiciled in the State of Florida
  • Minority  or woman must control the management and daily operations and own at least 51% of the firm
  • Minority or woman must also hold the professional license for the business, if this is appropriate
  • Employs 50 or fewer people
  • Net worth of the business cannot exceed $4,000,000 or less for firms that are not in the construction industry or $5,000,000 or less for firms that are in the construction industry

Eligible minority groups:

  • African-American
  • Hispanic
  • Asian American
  • Native American
  • Women are considered a minority group for the purposes of this program


  • In construction, project by project MBE goals are established for projects valued over $200,000
  • An MBE Bonus Point system is used for professional consultant selection
  • Periodic seminars and workshops are conducted for the firm’s benefit (such as the Small Contractor Development Program)

Things to consider

  • We require certified DM/DWBEs to complete and submit the recertification/reregistration renewal application every 2 years for a review of their program eligibility status
  • If you submit a timely application for recertification, you will remain certified until the MBE/SBE Division has made a new determination of eligibility


Reciprocity shall be granted to MBE firms that are principally domiciled in the State of Florida and have been certified by a governmental local jurisdiction situated in the State. Reciprocity shall be for one six-month (6-month) period. Certification beyond may be granted after review of the firms certification application submitted to Hillsborough County.

How to

  1. Go to our online vendor compliance system at
  2. Click the Apply for DM/DWBE Certification link
  3. Click create account
  4. Fill out and submit the application

What's next

We will review the application and notify you of the results.


Certificación y Registro minoría pequeña empresa son los servicios proporcionados sin costo alguno para los propietarios de negocios. Uno-a-uno y asistencia en idioma español con las aplicaciones y la documentación está disponible llamando Roy Tojas al (813) 571-6996 para programar una cita.

Get help

Department: - MBE/SBE Division
Phone: (813) 829-2650

Last Modified: 3/4/2024, 3:47:44 PM

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