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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 bid on 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. If you are a new business and not yet registered:
- follow this checklist from the Secretary of State
- contact your local Small Business Development Center for startup support
- 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
The Minority Business Office also manages an online learning system that offers more information about certification and bidding with government agencies. Access the learning platform for free.
For: Minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses
OEDIT division: Minority Business Office