The Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) seeks more participation from the private sector of the economy and provides a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification for minority-owned businesses in Oklahoma. In turn, it solicits major corporations and private entities to increase their amount of purchasing and procurement with its certified MBEs.
To qualify for certification, the business owner must:
The cost of the certification to the minority business applicant is $150.
In general for minority businesses, this certification could prove to be very helpful in trying to obtain business from participating major companies and buyers in the private sector. More information is available from the Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC).
The SBA provides certifications to eligible small businesses that want to do business with agencies of the federal government. The certifications may be of particular assistance to minority-owned small businesses and are described as the following:
An owner of a business seeking either 8-A or SDB certification must qualify as being both socially and economically disadvantaged. Racial minorities are automatically presumed to be socially disadvantaged; however, to qualify economically for 8-A or SDB certification, the applicant’s net worth — excluding the assets of the business and primary residence from the calculation — cannot exceed $250,000 or $750,000, respectively.
For current state information contact the Oklahoma SBA District Office (Minority Business Development) at 301 N.W. 6th Street, Suite 116, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, by phone at 405-609-8000, or by fax at 405-231-4876.
Currently, SBA’s Minority Business Development staff conducts seminars each month regarding applying for the above certifications as following:
The ODOT is the state agency in Oklahoma whose major purpose is developing and building our transportation arteries and systems. It provides a “Disadvantaged Business Enterprise” (DBE) certification for qualified minority and women-owned businesses in Oklahoma.
To qualify for DBE certification, the minority or female owner:
After certification, the goal is to utilize more DBEs for the numerous projects in Oklahoma handled by the various transportation agencies and contracting sources.
To obtain an application form to apply for certification, contact: Regulatory Services Division, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, 200 N.E. 21st, Room 1-C-5, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, or call (405) 521-6046 local or toll free 800-788-4539.
To identify and do more purchasing with qualified minority and women-owned businesses, the City of Tulsa has a Minority/Women/ Disadvantaged Business (M/W/DB) program for which it provides a certification. Under the program, Tulsa City departments are required to set purchasing and procurement goals for doing business with the M/W/DB certified firms.
For initial qualification, the minority, woman or disadvantaged applicant must have full operational control and 51% or more ownership of the business.
As an added opportunity across the state, such businesses outside of Tulsa that are already certified under other accepted programs such as under SBA or ODOT, may also become M/W/DB certified under a reciprocal procedure and acceptance. The program is administered by Tulsa’s Human Rights Department.
For more information to apply, contact the M/W/DB Program, Human Rights Department, City of Tulsa, 707 S. Houston, Room 303, Tulsa, OK 74127, call (918) 596-7818, fax (918) 596-7826, or visit www.cityoftulsa.org.
To find lists of businesses certified minority- and women-owned, follow the links below:
Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Oklahoma Department of Transportation - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
U.S. Small Business Administration
The Central Contractor Registration serves as the primary database of minority- and women-owned businesses for the federal government.
U.S. Small Business Administration - Minority-owned Businesses
U.S. Small Business Administration - Women-owned Businesses
Oklahoma Minority supplier Development Council (OMSDC)
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification
Note: The OMSDC shares its lists of minority- and women-owned suppliers with its members free of charge but typically charges others for the list.
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma
Cathy Wilkins, State Executive Director, 918-665-7087 or 800-652-4226
Capitol Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City
Aquilla Pugh, Manager, 405-427-4444
Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa
Rueben Gant 918-585-2084
Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Fred Ramos, President, 918-664-5326
Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
David Castillo, 405-616-5031
Northside Chamber of Commerce, Lawton, OK
Annette Dawkins, Executive Director, 580-355-9547
Oklahoma Consortium for Minority Business Development
Marilyn Murrell, 405-424-7526
Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development Council
Debra Ponder-Nelson, Executive Director, 405-767-9900
Asia Society of Oklahoma
Kyle Wang, 405-306-3912
Nuestra Comunidad, Spanish-English Bilingual Newspaper
David Cevallos, 405-685-3822