How do you apply for this?
Step 1: Complete the online Certification Application and submit payment online.
Step 2: Print and the mail certification application and any supporting documents to their office. The required documents are based on business entity. The business checklist is attached as a separate PDF file.
Step 3: If any documents and/or additional clarification are needed to complete processing, you will be contacted via automated email. The application can only be processed when all requested documents and required information is received.
Step 4: Upon receipt of your completed application, our Field Auditor will contact you to schedule an onsite visit.
Step 5: Your completed application is then forwarded to the Board Certification Committee for final review. Once approved, a certification letter and MBE certificate is mailed to you within 5 business days.
Is there an agency that can help members apply for the certificate?
Marlene ( firstname.lastname@example.org), who is the Director of Business Development and Certification, is able to help members to apply for certification. SCMSDC can also conduct workshops to assist members to apply.
What is the cost to get certify and re-certify?
The cost to get certified is tiered based on gross annual sales and begins at $350 and up to $950 for new applications. The cost to Recertify begins at $250 and goes up to $900, again based on gross annual sales.
How often do you need to renew?
The certificate is valid for one year. The enterprises have to renew the certificate once a year and the renewal fee would be $ 225 (credit card payment only). A $100 late fee applies to re-certification applications submitted 30 days after the expiration date.
The re-certification process requires the company to update their company and contact information (e.g., gross annual sales and financial information). The re-certification process is not as extensive as the original certification process, except in cases of company name and ownership changes.