Frequently Asked Questions

​1.  What i​s a minority business enterprise?
A minority business enterprise (MBE) is a business that is at least 51% ​owned by one or more racial or ethnic minority individuals.  Racial or ethnic minority group members are African American, Hispanic American, Asian Pacific American, Subcontinent Asian American, or Native American.​
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2.  ​​What is a women's business enterprise?
A women's business enterprise (WBE) is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women.

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Does certification as a MBE or WBE also qualify my business to do business with the Commonwealth of Kentucky?

You do not have to be certified as a MBE or a WBE to do business with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 
The registration required to bid on state procurement opportunities is a separate process. To register as a vendor, visit the Kentucky Vendor Self Service (VSS) system


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If my business is certified as a MBE or a WBE by a governmental entity in another state, is certification by the Commonwealth of Kentucky automatic?
No.  You must submit the Kentucky application and all required documents for review.  Approval is not guaranteed.  Your application will be reviewed on its individual merits.​

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If my business is certified as a MBE, WBE, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by another certifying entity in Kentucky, is certification by the Commonwealth of Kentucky automatic?
No.  You must submit the Kentucky application and all required documents for review.  Approval is not guaranteed.  Your application will be reviewed on its individual merits.​

6.  How long is my certification valid?
​Certifications issued by the Finance and Administration Cabinet, Office of EEO and Contract Compliance are valid for three years from the date of issuance. 

If there are any changes in ownership, management, control, or, in the case of out-of-state businesses, certification status, the business must immediately notify the 
Finance and Administration Cabinet, Office of EEO and Contract Compliance in writing.  The cabinet will determine whether the business remains eligible to participate in the Kentucky MWBE program. 



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The principal office for my business is not located in Kentucky.  Can I apply for certification in the Kentucky MWBE Program?​
​In order to apply, an out-of-state business must be certified by a governmental entity in the state where the principal place of business is located.


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​8.  What if I have questions or need help when completing the application?
If you have questions, contact the Finance and Administration Cabinet, Office of EEO and Contract Compliance at (502) 564-8099; for the hearing impaired, please call the Kentucky Relay Service at (800) 648-6056 or 7-1-1.  Email inquiri​es can be sent to  Finance.MWBE@ky.gov.


9.​  Is there a cost to get certified or to maintain the certification?
No, certification is free.
10.​ ​​ How long does it take to get certified?​
​After a completed application is submitted, the process takes approximately 120 to 180 days.  The timeframe is an approximation based on staff resources.
11.  Can non-profit organizations apply for certification in the Kentucky MWBE Program?​
Yes.  Please contact the Finance and Administration, Office of EEO and Contract Compliance at (502) 564-8099 or  Finance.MWBE@ky.gov for assistance and further instructions.

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