- Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) must be a currently functioning for profit enterprise and physically located in the U. S. or its trust territories which:
- is an independent business concern that is at least 51% independently owned, managed and controlled by one or more minority group members
- demonstrates the capability to perform a line of business
- provides a commercially useful business function according to customs and practices of the industry
- Asian-Indian: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
- Asian-Pacific: A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
- Black: A U.S. citizen who is of African descent (excluding Northern Africa).
- Hispanic: A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only. Brazilians (Afro-Brazilian, indigenous/Indian only) shall be listed under Hispanic designation for review and certification purposes.
- Native American: A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number).