We are pleased to announce a new easy-to-use online application to apply or renew your business certifications. All certifications use the same application; please check the certification type(s) for which you are applying.
There is a $200 application fee for MWBE, EBE, SBE, and/or SBEC certification. This fee is payable online with any major credit or debit card at the end of the application and must be paid prior to submittal.
ACDBE and DBE certifications are free of charge.
Please make sure all affidavits are complete and notarized. Remember to attach all required documents, as incomplete applications delay the approval process.
To apply for ACDBE, DBE, M/WBE, EBE, SBE and SBEC:
You can apply for the certification of your small or disadvantaged business for contracting opportunities offered through the new Construction Empowerment Initiative programs and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs. We regularly offer our free two-hour training and informational seminar on how to certify your business as one or more of the following:
Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
Small Business Enterprise Concession (SBEC)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)
Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
Emerging Business Enterprise (EBE)
1st Hour: Overview of Different Certification Programs and Introduction to the Construction Empowerment Initiative Ordinance
2nd Hour: Walkthrough of the Unified Certification Process Application
Offered monthly: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
NOTE: The location varies and we are now offering some sessions at The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St. Other sessions are in the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., as noted below.
January 20, 2016
February 17, 2016
March 16, 2016 in Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax
April 20, 2016 at 1245 Champa St.
May 17, 2016 at 1245 Champa St.
June 15, 2016 in Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax
July 20, 2016 in Webb Bulding, 201 W. Colfax
August 17, 2016 at 1245 Champa St.
September 21, 2016 at 1245 Champa St.
October 19, 2016 in Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax
November 16, 2016 in Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax
December 14, 2016 at 1245 Champa St.
Where (location varies by month)
Wellington Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.I.5
201 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202
The Commons on Champa, Conference Room 2
1245 Champa St. Denver, CO 80202
(Note: Be sure to allow extra time to park; you must also pass through building security on the ground floor if entering the Webb Building.)
RSVP: To attend a certification training, please register online and select an upcoming DSBO - Downtown Business Certification Training Program session. If you are unable to RSVP online, please contact the Denver Office of Economic Development, Division of Small Business Opportunity at 720-913-1714 to register. If prompted, leave your name, company name, phone number and training date preference, and you will be contacted by our office to verify your registration.
This free program is for anyone seeking certification through the City and County of Denver.
Please go online to: https://denver.mwdbe.com/vendorstart.asp. (First-time users must create an account.)
The 2006 CEI Ordinance did not allow for graduated companies to re-enter the certification program. The new 2014 Ordinance has removed that restriction and allows graduated companies to come back into the program. If your company has graduated completely from the City and County of Denver certification program, and you are interested in returning to the program, please re-apply for certification. DSBO staff will process your new application with a fee of $200. If your company has graduated from some of the NAICS codes because of size standards, but you are still certified as SBE, M/WBE, you may be eligible to receive those NAICS codes again. Please complete the “work code addition form” and submit the form to DSBO for processing. If your company has graduated from the certification program because the owner has exceeded the personal net worth, you cannot return to the program (the $1.32M limit has not changed). For additional information or questions please contact:
Office of Economic Development Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO)
201 West Colfax, Dept. 907
Denver, CO 80202