Unleash your business potential

If you are a small business owned and controlled by minority, women, and/or socially and economically disadvantaged persons, you may be eligible to be certified by the Washington State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises.

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Certification Benefits

As a certified minority- or women-owned small business, you’ll have access to these benefits and more:

Bid Competitively on Public Agency Contracts

Many state and local government projects have supplier diversity goals. Your certification helps these projects meet their goals.

Reduce Business Loan Interest Rates by up to 2%

The Linked Deposit Loan Program can help your firm pay up to 2% less interest on a qualifying small business loan.

Stand Out Among Your Competitors

Your certification is a point of distinction for public agency buyers who seek to support diverse firms at all levels of government.

List Your Business in Diverse Supplier Directory

Your certified business will be listed in the state’s directory of diverse suppliers, making it easier for government agencies to find and do business with you.


Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council
Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises

CertifyWA.com is a collaboration between the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) and the Washington State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) to develop equitable opportunities for small and diverse businesses.

We help businesses that are owned and controlled by minorities, women, and other socially or economically disadvantaged persons to become certified with OMWBE so that they can do business with state, county, and local government agencies who are seeking diverse suppliers.

Anticipated spending by the Washington State Department of Transportation with state-certified diverse small businesses in 2023 and beyond

Upcoming WSDOT projects include an anticipated $1 Billion in spending with business that are certified with the Washington State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.


We’ve developed a suite of support services to help you get certified and make the most of your certification.

Certification Preparation

Our certification experts will work with you to prepare all necessary forms and paperwork—all you need to do is submit your application!

Education & Training

Learn from Washington’s business leaders and access education and training to help you find and bid on public agency projects.