DBE Certifications in Michigan

The State of Michigan offers Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications to qualifying companies within the state. These certifications offer greater equality and business opportunities for companies looking to win government and public contracts. Businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by a ‘disadvantaged’ member of the population, including women and minorities, may qualify for a certification. Small businesses can also qualify for DBE certifications. Michigan offers numerous statewide, local, and regional certification programs to improve participation and inclusion for certified businesses throughout the state.

Statewide Certification Programs

Michigan Unified Certification Program (MUCP)

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) offers statewide DBE certifications through the Michigan Unified Certification Program (MUCP). This program serves as a “one-stop shop” for disadvantaged businesses in the state, offering certifications and resources to encourage business success and growth. To qualify, businesses must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual and meet financial and size requirements. To apply, complete this application and Personal Net Worth (PNW) Statement and submit them to one of the following agencies:

Local and Regional Programs

Wayne County DBE Programs

Wayne County offers several certifications for small and disadvantaged businesses within the area. The program endeavors to provide equal and increased opportunities to all certified businesses within the county to improve and expand the local economy. To apply, click on the links below.

    Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council MBE Program

    The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) offers countless resources for minority-owned businesses in Michigan, including Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certifications. With this certification, you can enjoy access to events, education, networking opportunities, and resources offered by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), this program’s national organization. Qualifying businesses must be at least 51% owned and operated by U.S. citizens in an ethnic minority. To apply, click on the link below.

      Great Lakes Women’s Business Council WBE Programs

      The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (GLWBC) works to connect women-owned businesses with government and corporate buyers in the region. To help these business women succeed, this organization offers resources, networking, and education through its national affiliate, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). To qualify for this WBE certification, businesses must be at least 51% owned and operated by a woman or women who are U.S. citizens. To apply, click on the link below.