Pathway to Certifications
Being a certified minority-owned, women-owned and/or disadvantaged business is the beginning of new opportunities. Certification can significantly help your business gain access to government contracts. Whether you are just starting a business or your company is already established, you can considerably benefit from set-aside contracts.
Having the right certifications is just the start. To start advertising yourself, we recommend reviewing these options and deciding which ones are right for you.
- Register your business for free in our online Minority Business Directory. This database houses hundreds of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses.
- Register your business for free in the Colorado Vendor Self Service. Through this portal, you'll receive notifications about and respond to solicitations related to your work.
- Create a free account in the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Supplier Self Service Portal. All CDOT goods and services bids are published within this portal.
- Attend the annual Advance Colorado Procurement Expo. During the event, you can meet with government procurement professionals, attend workshops, and network.
- Consider applying for the Bid Advance Response Program. This 6-month mentoring program to help small minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses understand and win government bids.
- Sign up for the Minority Business Office newsletter. The newsletter includes alerts on contract and job opportunities and networking events.