Minority, Women, and Veteran Owned Businesses
LOCATED INSIDE OF THE COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN SERVICE AREA (MSA) -
Please complete following Unified Certification Application which details all the necessary documentation to become certified.
Unified Certification Application
LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN SERVICE AREA (MSA) -
Please Complete the following Registration Application which details all the necessary documentation to become certified.
**COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN SERVICE AREA (MSA) - COUNTIES INCLUDE FRANKLIN, DELAWARE, FAIRFIELD, FAYETTE, LICKING, MADISON, PICKAWAY AND UNION**
Already certified with one of the following agencies?:
The City of Columbus now accepts certifications from the State of Ohio MBE Certification, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC).
Additional instructions, questions, or details:
Phone: (614) 645-4764
MINORITY, FEMALE, AND VETERAN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE CERTIFICATION
ODI offers free gender and race-based certification. Becoming a certified M/FBE makes it easier to identify those ready, willing, and able to perform on city contracts.
It is the policy of the City of Columbus to provide business concerns owned by minority and female persons the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in contracts awarded by the City. Moreover, ODI is responsible for tracking City Department utilization of minority and female business enterprises (M/FBEs).
In order to maintain an updated list/directory of available and capable minority and female businesses, ODI, certifies minority and female business enterprises interested in doing business with the City of Columbus. By obtaining certification through ODI, minority and female business enterprises are able to obtain certifications with other entities besides the City of Columbus, as well as participate in the business networking and educational programs.
Certification makes it easier to identify the available pool of businesses who meet the City's criteria. For example, ODI is able to generate utilization reports to track the City's progress towards turning its equal access policy into reality from its database of certified minority and female business enterprises. Another example of how certification helps minority and female business enterprises is that ODI is able to generate a directory of minority and female business enterprises who are interested in participating in City contracts.
The utilization reports are provided to Columbus City Council, the Mayor, and all Department and Division heads. Directories are provided to City of Columbus procurement personnel, prime contractors, and other interested parties in order to identify available and capable minority and female business enterprises for solicitation at both the prime and subcontracting levels in the contracting process.
Contact the M/FBE coordinator, Tia Roseboro, at (614) 645-2203 for additional instructions and any further questions or details.