Frequently Asked Questions
Q 1. Will Certification of my business help my company obtain new business?
Ans. ABSOLUTELY. Certifying your
business is Step 1. Step 2, is the key to gaining business
and centers on how your company utilizes its certification
to derive revenue growth. What Certification provides is opportunities
with corporations and government agencies that would otherwise
not be available to your business. Once certified, GATEWAY
successfully assists your company in selling your businesses
goods and/or products with numerous Corporate Supplier Diversity
and Government Procurement programs; this is where GATEWAY
is of vital value to the growth of our client’s businesses.
Q 2. Do I have to be legally
incorporated to obtain Certification?
Ans. Almost always, yes; having
a corporate structure represents to the world and your customers/clients
that you are serious about what you do. However, some certification
programs do accept sole proprietorships. GATEWAY will assist
your future company with incorporation. In fact, we believe
we should. GATEWAY will organize your company in the structure
that makes sense to your business and every other aspect of
your new business so that you will meet the certification
Q 3. Does my company have to
be legally incorporated in the USA to qualify for certification?
Ans. If a foreign company has legally
obtained the right to provide goods or services inside the
U.S. and files tax returns with Internal Revenue Service,
it may qualify for certification. Let GATEWAY’s professionals
assess your company’s eligibility. To schedule a Certification
Suitability Appraisal, please call our toll free number at
866-494-4929 ext. 111
Q 4. Do the Owners, Members
or Shareholders have to be U.S. citizens?
Ans. Some Certification programs
require proof of U.S. Citizenship. Other certifications require
legal residency status. In the case where an owner, member
or shareholder is not a Citizen of the U.S., GATEWAY encourages
you to call us for a Certification Suitability Appraisal.
Q 5. Can Owners, Members or
Shareholders be the Owners, Members or Shareholders of another
company that are not certified or do not qualify for certification?
Ans. Yes, however, when a 51%or
more owner, member or shareholder is the owner and/or a majority
owner of another company, it adds complexity to the certification
Q 6. Is it true that how a
company initially capitalizes or funds itself affects its
overall ability to be certified as a minority and/or women
Ans. Yes, unaware of certification
policies, companies disqualify themselves from certification
permanently as they begin to capitalize and/or acquire business
Q 7. Will I have to provide
financial information to become certified?
Ans. YES, you have to disclose personal
financial information. All owners, officers and managers will
be required to submit previous years of W-2’s and personal
tax returns. We maintain this information confidentially.
Your privacy is maintained throughout our relationship.
Q 8. Does a company have to
be in business for a certain period of time to be eligible
Ans. Some certification programs
require a two year history other’s do not. For those
that have this requirement, a two year business waiver can
be obtained in most instances.
Gateway Certifications, I LLC. services and fees
Q 9. Does Gateway charge a
fee for its services?
Ans. Yes. Due to the variety and
multitude of Certification programs, our fee structure is
based on the type of Certification(s) chosen. Some certification
applications are more complicated in scope then others. Additionally,
a company may choose to retain GATWEAY Supplier Diversity
Procurement, sales, marketing, and RFP proposal services fee
Contact us for a fee quotation.
Q 10. What if I want MWBE
Enterprises to just review my application?
Ans. In instances where a company
or individuals are interested in compiling their own applications,
but would like a professional review prior to submission,
GATEWAY CERTIFICATIONS, I LLC provides this service at an hourly
the Eligibility Analysis service and its related fees...
Q 11. Is there a fee for the
Certification Suitability Appraisal?
Ans. YES. A $150 fee applies for
this consultative analysis. To ensure appraisal accuracy,
GATEWAY must have access to owner(s) and/or personnel who
have in-depth, accurate and confidential information of the
Note: Companies that end up retaining Gateway Certifications, I LLC. are credited back the Certification Suitability Appraisal
Q 12. What is an Eligibility
Analysis? What does it provide? What can I expect to learn?
Ans. GATEWAY CERTIFICATIONS, I LLC
provides an in-depth review of your company’s eligibility
If your organization qualifies for Certification;
if Yes, so, we then determine which certification(s)
will assist your company generate revenues and grow your business.
If No, we will identify the reasons that would disallow
your company from successfully obtaining Certification.
When appropriate, GATEWAY will provide proactive and strategic
remedies that will allow your company to qualify.
Please contact us toll-free at 866-494-4929,