We’ve developed a suite of support services to help you certify your business with the Washington State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises and make the most of your certification. 

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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!

Step 1: Intake Call

Schedule an intake call with one of our certification specialists. We’ll answer all of your questions and provide an overview of the certification process so that you can save time while you prepare your application. If you have any questions, your certification specialist will be happy to help!

Step 2: Prepare Documents

Gathering the necessary business information takes some time, but it’s worth the effort. You’ll need to provide supporting documents that show your company’s ownership structure, finances, and products/services. This ensures that only businesses that qualify are certified, and helps other government agencies find you in the certified business directory.

Step 3: Application Review

Your certification specialist will review your application materials to ensure you’re ready to apply for certification. We’ll help you address any issues or concerns that may delay your certification so you can start bidding on government contracts as a diverse supplier.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

After our final review, you’ll be ready to submit your application to OMWBE. We’ll provide you with links to the certification application and you’ll enjoy a $0 application fee for working with us.

Education & Training

As you go through the certification process, our team wil provide helpful resources, training guides, and assistance to help you find and bid on public agency projects.

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 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.