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Get Certified

What Does it Mean to be Certified?

As a certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) we reserve solicitations JUST FOR YOU! In 2018, 118 projects under $250,000 were reserved for small businesses totaling $8.9 million. Additionally, projects with small business opportunities require that at least 25% of the contract be allocated for County Business Enterprise (CBE) firms. Now is the time to Get Certified!

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Certification

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) provides certification services to local small businesses in order to bid on Broward County procurement contracts with Small Business Enterprise (SBE), County Business Enterprise (CBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) or Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise* (ACDBE) program requirements. 

Certification in these programs provides a gateway to other OESBD services that support the growth and sustainability of Broward County's business community.

We offer four types of certifications; two local certification programs and two federal certification programs.


Local Federal

OESBD's Federal Certification Services Restructured on June 1, 2019

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development currently participates in the Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP) as a certifying agency for firms seeking Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) certification. The certification services provided by OESBD for District Four now includes responsibility for:

  • Currently active DBE files
  • All incoming files within Broward County jurisdiction
  • Incoming interstate files
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will assume responsibility for new DBE files located outside of Broward County (i.e. Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Indian River counties). Designated certifying members will assist in ACDBE file processing for files outside of Broward County jurisdiction (excluding interstate applications). For more information on DBE/ACDBE certification, please call us at 954-357-6400.