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Disadvantaged, Minority- and Woman-owned Business Certification

Take your business to the next level with a Disadvantaged, Minority- or Woman-Owned certification.

Certification from the Kansas Statewide Certification Program increases opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses to gain contracts and subcontracts from government and private entities committed to the inclusion of minority- and women-owned businesses. 

Certifications administered are Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).

At this time, the State of Kansas Division of Purchases does not have contract goals for DBEs, MBEs or WBEs.

Who Can Qualify
  • The business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a minority, a woman, or a disadvantaged person.
  • The owner’s personal net worth cannot exceed $1.32 million, minus present value of primary residence & interest in the business (this is not required for MBE/WBE certification).
  • The owner must possess the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of the firm and to make day-to-day decisions.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a lawfully-admitted permanent U.S. resident.
  • The enterprise must be organized as a for-profit and operate as an independent, small business (as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration).
  • If the primary business activity requires a professional license, the applicant must hold and maintain the required license.
Application Period

All certifications offered are open and accepted year-round.

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Benefits of Certification

DBE Certification

Certified DBE firms are eligible to participate in federally assisted projects or other projects where goals have been established.

MBE/WBE Certification

Certified MBE/WBE firms are eligible to participate on projects where goals have been established with public and private organizations/corporations, school districts, prime contractors, local and governmental entities.

ACDBE Certification

ACDBE Certification can provide your firm with a preference for obtaining an Airport Concessions Contract at a primary/commercial service airport that receives federal funding

For those seeking to work on Transportation Projects, you must seek DBE Certification from the Kansas Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights.

Additional Resources

Annual Affidavit of Eligibility
Certification Process
DBE/ACDBE Personal Net Worth (PNW) Form
NAICS Code Modification Request Form
Out-of-State Affidavit of Eligibility


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