Get Certified!


There are multiple certifications a Business Owner can apply for.  Below are the various certifications available and a description of the certification.  Select a certification and review the procedures required to secure each certification.  Each page will provide direct links to online documents required for the certification application.  

If the information for the certifications is unclear or more information is needed, please feel free to contact us.

  • WBE – Women-owned” (section 1.3.2) is a business at least 51% owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.
  • MBE – Minority-owned” (section 1.3.3) is a business at least 51% owned by one or more minority individuals, and whose management and daily operations are controlled by one or more minority individuals. Recognized minorities include Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans, among others.
  • WMBE – White women/minority men owned business
  • DVBE – Disabled Veteran owned business
  • MultiStatus – Minority women owned business
  • LGBT-owned” (section 1.3.4) is a business at least 51% owned by a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person or persons and whose management and daily operations are controlled by one or more of those individuals.


There is some important information to keep in mind when contracting with the State of California.

  • The State will pay you if an agency does not pay you promptly. The Prompt Payment Act requires State agencies to pay properly submitted, undisputed invoices within 45 calendar days of initial receipt. If the requirement is not met, State departments must automatically calculate and pay the appropriate late payment penalties as specified in Government Code section 927, et seq.
  • Order a Prompt Payment Stamp. 
  • If an invoice is disputed, be sure to complete the Invoice Dispute Notification – STD. 209  
  • A Five (5) percent bidding preference applies to each bid submitted.


Once you have completed your certifications, start introducing yourself

  • Determine which agency you want to work with and contact the agency Advocate.
  • Have your name, business name, supplier ID, and your business services prepared.  Establish a one page document that can emailed and read in a 30 second elevator speech. 
  • Create a brochure with your supplier ID that can be mailed in with business cards.
  • Check your grammer and spelling.  Don’t lose your chance because of a simple spelling error. 
  • Don’t overwhelm the email with too many paragraphs.  Keep the email short and informative.
  • Don’t send too many attachments or attachments that are large.
  • Be sure all attachments are in PDF or Word format to ensure the Advocate can open the email.
  • Immediately respond to inquires or responses with a courteous reply.