Certification

901-636-9300 

480 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Memphis

Effective March 1, 2017, the City of Memphis began offering FREE in-house certification. Vendors interested in participating in the City of Memphis’ Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs as a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE), woman-owned business enterprise (WBE), or small business enterprise (SBE) must register with the Office of Business Diversity & Compliance. There is no fee to apply to participate in the City’s EBO and/or SBE programs. 

The City of Memphis is the primary certifying agency for the City of Memphis and all City-funded projects. SMWBE certification with the City of Memphis is FREE. If you do not have a current certification with another agency, you may apply for the City Of Memphis in-house certification. Once certified, you may register your business to be included on the City registry as a SMWBE. 

If your business has a current certification with another certifying agency, you may apply for reciprocal certification with the City of Memphis and be included on our SMWBE vendor registry. Your registration with the City Of Memphis allows your business to be included on the City registry as a SMWBE. 

Equal Business Opportunity (EBO: MBE/WBE) Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
Business Location Shelby, Desoto, Marshall, Tate, Tunica, Crittenden, Fayette, or Tipton counties Principal office must be located in the City of Memphis
Ownership Majority Owner must be one of the following ethnic origins: African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Caucasian Female Firm must be owned by a resident of Shelby, Desoto, Marshall, Tate, Tunica, Crittenden, Fayette, or Tipton counties
Business License Firm must have Shelby County and State of Tennessee business licenses Firm must have Shelby County and State of Tennessee business licenses
Taxes Proof of Shelby County Personal Property Taxes and all other necessary local business operational taxes inherit to business in Shelby County are appropriately paid Proof of Shelby County Personal Property Taxes and all other necessary local business operational taxes inherit to business in Shelby County are appropriately paid

Size Threshold 

(SBA standards)

Sales that exceed the average sales for the industry for three (3) consecutive years using SBA standards Principal owners net worth cannot exceed $1.32 million, excluding primary residence and the business for which he/she is seeking SBE certification from the city

Staff at the Office of Business Diversity & Compliance (OBDC) is committed to creating an environment where minority-owned business enterprises (MBE), woman-owned business enterprises (WBE), and small business enterprises (SBE) can fairly pursue and compete for city contracting opportunities. Certification with the City Of Memphis provides SMWBEs access to many opportunities with the City, quasi-government agencies, and other non-governmental agencies. 

To qualify for REGISTRATION through reciprocity, you must be certified by one of the following certification agencies:

Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (MMBC Continuum)

200 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 1000

Memphis, TN  38103

Phone: (901) 525-6512
Web: www.mmbc-memphis.org
Certifications Accepted: MBE / WBE / SBE

TSMSDC

Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council Metro Center, Plaza I Building 
220 Athens Way, Suite 105 
Nashville, Tennessee 37228 
Phone: (615) 259-9480 
Web: www.tsmsdc.com
Certifications Accepted: MBE 

MSCAA

Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority 2491 Winchester Rd #113, 
Memphis, TN 38116 
Phone: (901) 922-0255 
Web: www.flymemphis.com/disadvantaged-business-enterprise-program
Certifications Accepted: DBE 

SHELBY COUNTY – EOC

Equal Opportunity Compliance 160 N Main St # 200, Memphis, TN 38103, 
Phone: (901) 222-1100 
Web: http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/index.aspx?NID=208
Certifications Accepted: LOSB / MBE / WBE 

State of Tennessee

Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (GoDBE) 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., 22nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-1102
Phone: (615) 741-9263 
Web: www.tn.gov/generalservices/topic/governors-office-of-diversity-business-enterprise-godbe
Certifications Accepted: SBE / MBE / WBE

If you have any questions about the registration process, please call the Office of Business Diversity & Compliance at (901)636-6210.

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Call 211 for community services

901-636-6500

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