Pathway to Certifications

Certifications help small, minority, veteran- and women-owned businesses bid on and win contracts with local, state, and federal governments. The Minority Business Office and its partners offer online resources, workshops, and no-cost consulting to help Colorado businesses apply for certifications and go after government contracts.

Before you apply for certifications, you need to:

  • register your business with the Colorado Secretary of State – check that your business name is not already registered by someone else in the state, and then complete the short online form for a fee
  • have your Dun and Bradstreet Number (D-U-N-S) – this is a free unique, nine-digit identification number that businesses need to register with the federal government for contracts or grants
  • register your business for free in the System for Award Management (SAM) to do business with the US government


Type: Certifications

For: Minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses

OEDIT division: Minority Business Office

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