Certification with the Carolinas-Virginia MSDC provides you with valuable resources to help your business grow and succeed. The Carolinas-Virginia MSDC can offer your business an excellent opportunity to meet with corporate and public sector buyers who are interested in working with qualified MBEs.

To become a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), your business must meet the following requirements.

  • Your business is a for-profit enterprise.
  • Your business is physically located in the United States or its trust territories.
  • Your business is at least 51% ethnic minority-owned. “Ethnic minority-owned” is defined as any business having owner(s) belonging to the following minority groups: Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American.
  • The minority/ethnic owner(s) of the business are U.S. citizens.
  • The minority/ethnic owner(s) of the business must be active in management and daily business operations.

Qualified MBEs must be physically located in North or South Carolina, Central/Eastern/Western Virginia and authorized by the State and County to do business. Minority status constitutes anyone belonging to one of following ethnic group:

  • African-American: A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
  • 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.

  • Hispanic-American: 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. Brazilians 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).

(*)For Information on the CVMSDC Certification Process click here.