To apply for certification as a Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE), read our Certification Criteria and Required Documents as it covers all aspects of the certification process.
There are several factors that determines the fees for certification. Please click here to view the Certification Fees.
PSWMSDC only certifies minority women-owned business enterprises. Click here for certification criteria. For any other women-owned business please visit WBENC (Women Business Enterprise National Council).
We certify small disadvantaged businesses, if they are minority-owned. Click here for certification criteria. If you do not meet PSWMSDC criteria visit the Small Disadvantaged Businesses website.
Once your application has been approved by the Board of Directors, Corporate Members throughout the country will have access to your basic profile information, which includes your company’s name, contacts, product and service description, and contact information. Details about your company’s financial position and other sensitive information is not released.
The Certification Committee reviews minority ownership, managerial operations and control. “Ownership by minority individuals” means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a corporation or an LLC, such individuals own at least 51% of the shares and control the corporation’s Board of Directors or the LLC’s Board of Managers. The Committee ensures that the companies meet the certification criteria. For more information please visit our Certification Criteria webpage.
PSWMSDC certifies any for-profit business located in Arizona and San Diego that is 51% or more ethnic minority-owned, operated and controlled by a U.S. citizen (s), and authorized by the State and County to do business. Click here for additional criteria and see below for which groups the National MSDC considers ethnic minorities and U.S. citizens.
The NMSDC certifies based on bloodline not nationality.
All requested documents and application questions are designed to assist PSWMSDC in confirming the following:
- An ethnic minority owns at least 51% of the firm and is a US citizen.
- The company applying for certification has an office physically headquartered in Arizona and San Diego County and is authorized to do business in its state.
- The ethnic minority owner is involved in the day-to-day business and has the appropriate title(s).
- The ethnic minority is in control of the business (control must be real and absolute).
We are not affiliated with any firms that offer this service. However, if you have questions about the application or its required documents after reviewing this FAQ list and our Certification Criteria webpage, our Certification Specialist is available to assist you via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, be sure to leverage all available business resources, such as your firm’s legal and accounting teams, your Board of Directors or Board of Managers (if applicable), Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) offices. In order to expedite your certification, PSWDMSDC suggests that you evaluate your needs before you begin the application process.
The following is a list of common situations:
- Change in ownership, control, or operations
- Relocation of a business
- Change of products or services
PSWMSDC communicates primarily through email. To ensure that you are receiving our emails please check the email address that you provided in your online profile to see if it is up-to-date. Check you spam or junk email folder and/or add us to your safe sender email list. If you are still not receiving communications from PSWMSDC email us at email@example.com.
To obtain a current "Certified by NMSDC” logo, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You must present your current certification as record that your company is no less than 45 days from expiration.