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    Certifications

    Certifications

    We all know the importance of supporting small, local businesses as much as we can. But do you know what goes into being a certified Small Business Enterprise? Did you know there are other types of minority businesses we should be supporting too? Well lucky for you, we have all the information on these because we are proud to be a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Women Business Enterprise, and Small Business Enterprise.

    We are certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through FDOT. FDOT defines a DBE company as being owned by individual(s) who are both socially and economically disadvantaged and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the disadvantaged owners. Now what in the world does socially and economically disadvantaged mean? As defined by FDOT, “…a member of one of the following presumptive groups — Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, Women and other groups found to be disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration (SBA).” There is a very strenuous application process for becoming DBE certified through FDOT to ensure each company approved checks all of the appropriate boxes.

    A WBE is a Women’s Business Enterprise defined as a business predominately owned by a woman or group of women, and whose daily operations are the responsibility of a woman with technical expertise in the specific business industry. We are proud to be WBE certified with Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, and the State of Florida.

    SBE, or Small Business Enterprise is defined a little differently based on the entities issuing certification. Many of the qualifications are similar; however, and often include a business employing not more than a set number of employees, having less than a certain amount in annual gross sales, and be a local independently owned and operated business. We are currently SBE certified with Hillsborough County, City of St. Petersburg, City of Tampa, Pinellas County, Port of Tampa Bay, and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).