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New District Enterprise System (DES) Launched!

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Significantly Streamlined Recertification Process!

If you are a CBE, you can access the DES to complete the recertification process, update your CBE certificate, or view your business information. If you have issues accessing the DES, please email [email protected] (include your business name and FEIN) for assistance. Any other questions can also be emailed to the certification division at [email protected]. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the CBE program, review the Certification FAQs.



On June 29, 2021, the District of Columbia Council passed emergency legislation that provided new requirements for a Local Business Enterprises (“LBE”). See Local Business Enterprise Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2021, effective July 21, 2021. In addition to the existing CBE requirements, CBEs must meet one of the following new requirements in order to maintain certification as a CBE.

(A) Be independently owned, operated, and controlled;

(B) Be more than 50% owned, operated, and controlled by a District based enterprise or not-for-profit business; or

(C) Be owned by a non-District-based business enterprise or not-for-profit business that is more than 50% owned by District residents.


To report a material ownership change to your CBE certificate, please follow the steps listed below.

  1. Log in to the DES system by visiting
  2. Enter your username and password
  3. Select the 'Update Information' option
  4. Select ‘Change in Ownership’
  5. Upload supporting documents in the ‘Documents’ section of the application
  6. Select ‘Save and Continue’
  7. Complete the Attestation page and submit the application

Failure to report a material change may result in revocation of your CBE status.

Please note that currently certified enterprises that do not, and cannot, meet this new requirement, but have an existing contract(s) with the District, will be permitted to complete the term of that contract(s) – including base and option years, without disruption. If you have questions, please feel free to contact DSLBD’s certification division at [email protected].

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supplemental Form

If applying for the category Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), you will need to download and complete a fillable pdf form (see attachment below). Select the attachment link. Once the attachment opens, download the form and save it. Use Adobe Reader to open and complete the fillable pdf form. Remember to save the form before closing it. You will upload this form during the application process.

NOTE: DSLBD may require additional documentation to verify continued eligibility in certain certification categories in the recertification and self-recertification processes.