9 TIPS: Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises
Top 9 Tips for Applicants
Familiarize yourself with the certification requirements.
Get direct help with putting your application packet together. OMWBE offers free certification workshops for additional one-on-one assistance. See our workshop schedule for more information: http://omwbe.wa.gov/certification-training-workshops/
Do not leave any area of the application blank. If an area does not apply to your business, indicate “N/A” of what does not apply in the space provided and include a brief explanation. This also pertains to the Document Checklist -indicate “N/A” of what does not apply next to the appropriate line item.
Be specific when writing your proposed business description. Procurement officials and prime contractors search our online directory for key words related to the goods and services provided your firm. To familiarize yourself, here is the link to OMWBE’s online directory: http://omwbe.wa.gov/directory-of-certified-firms/
Sign and notarize the Affidavit of Certification included in the application packet for each eligible owner. An “eligible owner” is an individual that satisfies eligibility based upon ethnicity or gender to qualify for disadvantaged status.
Copy the entire application packet, including all supporting documentation, for your records.
Submit a complete application and all required supporting documents on the Document Checklist. http://omwbe.wa.gov/certification/
Be responsive to additional information requests. Check your email for correspondence. Our emails may be erroneously misrouted to your junk mail or spam folders. OMWBE has a 30 day pre-screen processing period. We will contact you within 30 days of application submission to inform you of any missing required documents to make your application complete. Allow 45 days for a determination to be made once all required documentation has been submitted for a State Certification application. Allow 90 days for a determination to be made once all required documentation has been submitted for Federal Certification. Allow 60 days for a determination to be made once all required documentation has been submitted for Out of State Federal Certification applications.
Contact us anytime. Visit our website, contact us by email, or call the office directly with any questions about the certification process, the application and/or the required supporting documents.