Minority and/or Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE)

M/WBE is a certificate issued by the state to identify minority and/or women owned business or enterprises. This certification may help when obtaining contracts with government entities or as subcontractors to a larger government contract.

M/WBE

M/WBE is a minority and/or woman owned business or enterprise. You register to become an M/WBE with the State of New Jersey. While New Jersey state government does not give special consideration to vendors that hold M/WBE certifications, some municipal contracts do give special consideration.

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Eligiblity

A woman or a minority owned business can apply.

A Minority means a person who is: 1) Asian American, a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Hawaii, or the Pacific Islands; 2) American Indian or Alaskan native, a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America. 3) Black, a person having origins in any of the black racial groups in Africa; or 4) Hispanic, a person of Spanish or Portuguese culture, with origins in Mexico, South or Central America, or the Caribbean Islands.

A "Woman" or "women" means an individual, regardless of race, who self-identifies her gender as a woman, without regard to the individual's designated sex at birth.

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Qualifying Businesses and Enterprises

1. A sole proprietorship, owned and controlled by a minority or woman;

2. A partnership or joint venture, owned and controlled by minorities and/or women in which at least 51% of the ownership interest is held by minorities and/or women and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more of the minorities and/or women who own it; or

3. A corporation or other entity, whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more minorities and/or women who own it, and which is at least 51% owned by one or more minorities and/or women, or, if stock is issued, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more minorities and/or women.

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Registration

To be certified as a Minority and/or Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE), you must complete the following forms (as pertinent):

For additional information on these programs or services call the Division of Revenue, Small Business Registration and M/WBE Certification Services unit at (609) 292-2146.

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Government Contracts

New Jersey State government does not give any priority to M/WBE organizations.

M/WBE Database

NJSAVI (New Jersey Selective Assistance Vendor Information) is a database that allows a state agency or a prime contractor to the state to identify all certificate holding businesses. NJSAVI lists vendors by business name, ID number or address. It provides the name of the contact person, address and telephone number(s), gross sales categories, commodities and/or construction trade code(s). It also identifies vendors as small, minority- and/or women-owned businesses.