office of minority business enterprise Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs Community & Economic Development Division “Your Success Is Our Reward”
CERTIFICATION BASICS • ▪Clarence Mann • ▪Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE)
ABOUT THE OMBE ▪ Created in 1978 with passage of Executive Order No. 89 during the Wallace Administration ▪ Aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small & minority business concerns ▪ Preserve free competitive enterprise & a healthy state economy ▪ Provide information and assistance to citizens entering into commercial activity
WHAT THE OMBE DOES • Awards state M/WBE certification to qualified minority- and women-owned businesses licensed to operate in the State of Alabama • Works closely with the Office of Small Business Advocacy and others to promote the interests of minority- & women-owned businesses • Provides information on procurement and contracting opportunities with state, city, county & federal agencies • Provides referrals and information for business development including workshops and seminars
WE CERTIFY THAT… • A minority, woman, or group of minorities or women • independently own, operate, manage, and control the • business entity.
WHAT ARE WE CERTIFYING? • Ownership • 51% or more • Control • Independence
MANAGEMENT CONTROL • Who actually runs the day-to-day operations of the • company? • Who has the authority to hire and fire personnel? • Who is ultimately responsible for business decisions?
WHAT DOES OMBE STATE CERTIFICATION MEAN? • Marketing Tool • Access • Awareness • Acceptability
HOW DO YOU BECOME OMBE CERTIFIED? • On-line application • www.adeca.alabama.gov/ombe • 3-step process • Application • Supporting documentation • Site visit
Contact Information Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs (ADECA) 401 Adams Avenue/P. O. Box 5690 Montgomery, AL 36103-5690 Telephone: 334-353-5680; Fax: 334-242-4203 Clarence Mann Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/ombe “Your Success Is Our Reward”