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SBE Certification

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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 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

1.Complete the certification application. Please note that incomplete applications are not accepted. If you need assistance, attend one of the free quarterly certification workshops. Download the certification workshop schedule here 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.For additional information, review the Frequently Asked Questions regarding certification at
6.Be proactive! Participate in business opportunities with the city of Phoenix by following the Step-by-Step Supplying Goods, General or Professional Services or Step-by-Step Construction Subcontracting Opportunities.

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.



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