Welcome! You are about to complete the on-line application for certification for the City of Houston. Firms applying for certification must meet the following basic requirements:
The minority or female business owner must possess at least 51% ownership, management, and control of the business enterprise.
The minority, female, or small business owner must have the training and expertise to perform the work, and where required, have a license or certificate issued in his or her name.
The business must be for profit, independent, and currently functioning.
The business must maintain a significant and local presence in Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, Austin, or San Jacinto County.
The business must meet the Small Business Administration Size Standard(s) for its industry classification(s).
For Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, applicant must have a personal net worth of less than $1,320,000 - excluding value of home and ownership interest in the business. There is no local presence requirement.
Persons with Disabilities Business Enterprise (PDBE) certification require applicants to submit a Disability Affidavit and an accompanying letter from a State of Texas certified medical doctor. Disabled veterans must provide a disability rating letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs or a disability determination from the Department of Defense demonstrating a service-connected disability. The person with a disability will be required to meet the same criteria for certification as MWSBE applicants.
For further assistance with completing the application please attend one of the weekly Pre-Certification Workshops offered each Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the Office of Business Opportunity Office 611 Walker St. 7th Floor Houston, TX 77002. For further questions, please call (832) 393-0600.