A minority-owned business is defined as being owned, capitalized, operated and controlled by a member of an identified minority group. The business must be a for-profit enterprise which physically resides in the United States or one of its territories. Identified "Minority groups" are generally defined as having an ethnic background consisting of Asian, Black, Hispanic, East Asian Indian and/or Native American. Some applications require US Citizenship, some applications accept legal residents. Some applications require a 75% ethnic heritage others will accept as little as one fourth.
Note: Non-For-Profit companies DO NOT qualify for any certifications.
Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members. Non-For-Profit agencies DO NOT qualify for ANY certifications.
Generally, the identified minority groups are as follows:
Certification is done at the local or regional level. Some certification offices that certify for the private sector do charge a non-refundable application fee. Certification must be renewed each year. Private sector certifications require an annual renewal fee.
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