Georgia defines a small business as one which is independently owned and operated and must have either fewer than 300 employees or less than $30 million in gross receipts per year. Georgia does not have a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) designation or certification requirement. Companies may ‘self-report’ to designate themselves as a small business through the GA Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) through the Supplier Registration / Team Georgia Marketplace where you can select your organization’s classifications.
The only certification by the State of Georgia is for a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and that certification is performed by the GA Department of Transportation (GDOT). GDOT can also process a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification once the DBE certification is approved and proper criteria are met. Once the criteria is met, the MBE application is then sent to DOAS who will approve the MBE certification.
As you can see, certifying your company for minority certification requires a collaborative effort between DOAS and GDOT. Companies desiring to certify as a “minority business enterprise” or a “minority subcontractor” may do so by submitting an application to the GDOT. The GDOT Certification Application captures the required data used by DOAS. This eliminates duplication of effort for suppliers and provides greater exposure of certified minority companies to state and local procurement officials and private sector suppliers.
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Mary Ellen McClanahan
Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business Development
Assistant Director, Entrepreneur & Small Business Development