Women & Minority Business Certifications
Certification programs may benefit businesses that have traditionally faced extra barriers to market entry or participation. Some companies and state agencies use certifications to ensure diversity in their selection of contractors, vendors, and suppliers.
Women-owned Business Certifications
There are several benefits to operating as a certified women-owned business. They include:
- Expanded contracting opportunities;
- Added advantage when competing for contracts with public and private sector entities;
- Entities who choose to do business with you are confident that their reporting of dollars spent with women-owned businesses will be verifiable and credible.
Certification provides proof of ownership and is now being requested by both private sector and public sector entities.
Contact Rana Steeds at 405-815-5143 or email@example.com.
Any woman-owned small business is eligible to apply for certification. The business must be at least 51% owned and controlled on a day-to-day basis by one or more women.
Download and complete the application form and mail it with the required attachments to:
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
ATTN: Women-Owned Business Certification Program
900 North Stiles Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104.
Certifications are valid for a five-year period. To continue certification, the following document must be updated and submitted to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce each year.
For assistance with this program contact Rana Steeds at 405-815-5143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minority-owned Business Information
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce serves as an initial point of contact for aspiring and established business owners, including minority entrepreneurs. As with all businesses, the agency provides information on starting a business, organizations that assist small businesses, and other common questions.
Minorities seeking to expand or start a new business are encouraged to contact our Minority Business Coordinator for additional information specific to minority-owned businesses.
Contact Ken Talley, Minority Business Coordinator at: 405-815-5218 or email@example.com.
There are multiple programs for being certified as a minority-owned business (sometimes called a disadvantaged business). Depending on your business’s current and desired customer markets, it may be advantageous to be certified with several programs.
Minority Business Organizations
Joining a business organization may prove to be a valuable investment for yourself, your business, and your community. Local chambers of commerce and other organizations provide information, resources, and build relationships between fellow business owners and community leaders.
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma
Metro Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce
Greenwood Chamber of Commerce (Tulsa)
Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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