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CBE - Get Certified
Connecting small & local businesses to DC government contracting opportunities.
By becoming a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE), you will receive preference in procurement opportunities offered by the District of Columbia. The CBE program helps position your business to better compete in DC government contracting opportunities.
 
CBE certification criteria.
 
In order to be eligible for CBE certification, in addition to other requirements, your business must meet the following criteria: 
  • The principal office of the business enterprise must be located in the District of Columbia
  • The chief executive officer and the highest level managerial employees of the business enterprise must perform their managerial functions in their principal office located in the District
  • The business must demonstrate it meets one of the following:
  1. More than 50% of the employees of the business enterprise are residents of the District; or
  2. The owners of more than 50% of the business enterprise are residents of the District; or
  3. More than 50% of the assets of the business enterprise, excluding bank accounts, are located in the District; or 
  4. More than 50% of the business enterprise’s gross receipts are District gross receipts.
Note:  The current year business taxes filed with the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) are used to determine the more than 50% of the assets and gross receipts requirement. 

For new applicants the steps to becoming a CBE are:

  1. Submit the online CBE application (online application must include the uploaded checklist items)
  2. DSLBD review and determination.

Note: It is recommended that you take the CBE Wizard to determine whether your business meets the local requirements for the CBE Program.  The wizard also generates a list of documents required during the application process.  Also, if you are interested in learning about the other certification categories you can add to your CBE application, please review the CBE Program Webinar prior to submitting an application to the Department.  Both of these steps are not mandatory but they provide useful information in preparing your application for submission to the Department.

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