The city provides certification services for small businesses interested in participating in the SBE Program as a means of expanding and growing their firms.
SBE Certification Eligibility
Business is principally located in Maricopa County
Firm has been operational for at least six months or has completed four business contracts
Owner(s) has a personal net worth less than $1.32 million (not including owner's primary residence and business equity)
Owner(s) controls the day-to-day critical operations of the firm
Owner(s) is a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
How to Certify Your Business
Complete the certification application. Please note that incomplete applications are not accepted. If you need assistance, attend one of the free quarterly certification workshops. For more information, view the 2015 Certification Workshop Schedule or contact the Equal Opportunity Department at 602-262-6790.|
|2.||A certification specialist will contact you in the event you need to submit additional information. The certification process usually takes 16 weeks after submitting a completed application.|
|3.||Your certification specialist will contact you to schedule an on-site visit to your principal place of business. In certain technical or highly specialized trade areas, a work site visit also may be necessary to determine the applicant's expertise in the firm's primary field of operation.|
|4.||You will receive a letter and/or a certificate from the Equal Opportunity Department to inform you regarding your certification status. Please review the online Directory of Certified SBE Firms to ensure the accuracy of your firm's information.|
|5.||Learn more at https://www.phoenix.gov/eod/programs/sbecertprograms.|
|6.||Be proactive! Participate in business opportunities with the city of Phoenix by learning about contracting with the city.|
For more information, contact the Equal Opportunity Department at 602-262-6790/voice or 602-534-1557/TTY during business hours Monday-Friday, Arizona time.