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    Certification

    The purpose of the Certification Program is to ensure non-discrimination in the performance and administration of City contracting and subcontracting in the areas of construction, goods and services, and professional services.  The Equal Opportunity department will certify Micro-Local Business Enterprises (Micro-LBE’s) that desire to participate as such under the City of Grand Rapids Equal Business Opportunity programs.  For the purposes of tracking and reporting only, the Equal Opportunity Department will qualify as certified Minority Business Enterprises and Women Business Enterprises any of those certified by one of the following designated agencies:
    ​-  National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
    ​-  Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC)
    ​-  Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
    ​-  Michigan Women Business Council (MWBC)
    ​-  National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
    ​​-  Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
     

    Certification Process

    Micro-Local Business Enterprises that desire to participate under the City of Grand Rapids Equal Business Opportunity Policy as certified Micro-LBEs may qualify as such by submitting a completed certification application to the Equal Opportunity Department, along with proof of the following:  

    a. Business Age: Verification that the business has been in operation for a minimum of two full years.

    b. Registration: Verification of registration with the following entities:

    (1) Federal Government’s Central Contractors Registry (CCR) database as a small business.

    (2) City of Grand Rapids Purchasing Department.

    c. Location: Verification that the principle place of business has been in operation for at least six (6) months from a fixed office located in Kent County, Michigan. The local office must operate in accordance with the following criteria:

    (1) The local office functions on a daily or regular basis, and provides all services to operate the business for which certification is sought;

    (2) The local office contains all fixtures, equipment and/or space necessary to operate, including but not limited to, as appropriate, computer(s), software, copy machine(s), furniture, vehicle(s), tools, appliances and/or machinery necessary to operate the business for which certification is sought;

    (3) The local office must be the main office for assigned personnel who conduct the business' activities necessary to operate the local business for which certification is sought;

    d. Business Size: Verification that the latest three-year average business revenue or number of permanent employees is less that 25% of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) NAICS industry small business standards.

    A business enterprise applying to be certified as a Micro-Local Business Enterprises (Micro-LBEs) must submit a completed certification application to the Equal Opportunity Department, along with proof of the items listed above. Once these items have been submitted, the following will occur:

    1. Staff will be assigned to review and verify the application.

    2. A letter of Micro-LBE Certification will be issued and the business enterprises will be placed in the City's Business Directory

    3. A business' status as a certified Micro-LBE will remain in effect until such time that its certification expires.
     
    e. Personal Net Worth: The controlling owner's or owners' (totaling 51% or more) individual personal net worth, as determined for SBA (8a) status, is (13CFR124.104.c(2)) is $250,000 or less at the time of initial application.  For continued Micro-LBE eligibility after admission to the program, net worth shall not exceed $750,000.
    Application information will be used for tracking and reporting purposes only.
     
    Qualification Process

    If a business enterprise is currently certified by any of the designated agencies listed at the top of this page and there are at least thirty (30) days remaining on the certification, submit the Qualified as Certified by a Designated Agency (form) together with proof of certification (letter or certificate) to the Equal Opportunity Department. Once these items have been submitted, the following will occur:

    1. Staff will be assigned to review and verify the application and certification.
    2. A letter of Qualification will be issued and the business enterprises will be placed in the City's Business Directory.
    3. A business' status as a qualified as certified business enterprise will remain in effect until such time that its certification by a designated agency expires; and must be renewed upon renewal of certification.

    For more information about business opportunities, please visit Doing Business With the City.