Minority Business Enterprises Certification (MBE)
A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless
of size, physically located in the United States or its trust
territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority
group members. "Minority group members" are United
States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native
Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at
least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned
business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more
such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations
are controlled by those minority group members.
For purposes of the National Minority Supplier Development
Council (“NMSDC”) program, a minority group member
is an individual who is a U.S. citizen with at least 1/4 or
25% minimum (documentation to support claim of 25% required
from applicant) of the following:
Asian-Indian: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India,
Pakistan and Bangladesh
Asian-Pacific: A U.S. citizen, whose origins are from Japan,
China, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand,
Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or
the Northern Marianas.
Black: A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black
racial groups of Africa.
Hispanic - A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage,
from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions:
Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin
only. Brazilians shall be listed under Hispanic designation
for review and certification purposes.
Native American: A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo,
Aleut or Native
Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the
person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented
members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized
group of native people who are indigenous to the continental
United States and proof can be provided through a Native American
Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal
roll register number).
MBE Certification is done at the local or regional level.