Welcome to Kentucky's Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program Website
The objective of the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program is to encourage growth among Kentucky businesses owned by women and minorities and to assist those businesses in locating and obtaining further business opportunities. The certification will also allow minority and women owned businesses to compete for work in states outside of the Commonwealth of Kentucky that require certification by a statewide body. The establishment of a state Certification Program is a critical step toward creating, maintaining and promoting Kentucky’s valuable women and minority owned businesses.
The idea to develop a new process of recognizing and certifying businesses owned by women and minorities emerged from discussion and dialogue among the more than 300 Kentucky stakeholders who attended the Governor's Economic Success through Minority Empowerment Summit, held in Lexington, Ky in August 2009. The Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program, along with Kentucky’s Small Business Connection Portal, helps facilitate the development of women and minority owned businesses in Kentucky.
I commend you for your interest in this important program, and wish you well as you go through the process. Please know that staff members are ready and eager to assist you.
Governor Steve Beshear