January 13, 2016 (1194 days ago)
Business Contact
Business ContactRosy McDonough
Business Telephone3038443701
Address 11625 Broadwayste 2700
Zip/Postal Code80202
CountryUnited States
Business Location
Address 11625 Broadwayste 2700
Zip/Postal Code80202
CountryUnited States

The Minority Business Office provides information and services to help members of minority groups start their own businesses.

We connect smaller businesses to certification, procurement, networking, mentoring and contracting opportunities while utilizing our partners in state government, higher education and the private sector.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification is a federally mandated process that ensures that only those firms meeting prescribed standards receive the distinction as a DBE.

There is not a single all-encompassing certification program for women- and minority-owned business. Certification is only required if a business desires to sell products or services to a government agency or private firm that requires certification as part of their contracting process. There are three different types of certification, depending upon the type of contracting.

Federal Certification

U.S. Small Business Administration
721 19th Street, Suite 426
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 844-2607 ext 260

For more information on federal contracts, visit

The 8(a) Program is intended to be used exclusively for business development purposes to help small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. To apply, click here.

To apply for most federal opportunities, you will need to register with Central Contractor Registration (CCR), the primary registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government.

Unified Certification Program

CDOT and Denver have a Unified Certification Program (UCP). A firm wanting DBE certification with both agencies needs to submit only one application to either agency and, if successful, will be recognized as an eligible DBE with both agencies.

State Office of Certification
4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 512-4145

The State of Colorado processes applications for:
ESB (Emerging Small Business) and DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise)

Bid Information and Distribution System (BIDS)
BIDS is a website designed to notify interested vendors of the State of Colorado's intent to purchase goods or services competitively. Bids are updated on this website daily.

Unified Certification Forms:

City & County of Denver, Office of Economic Development
Division Small Business Opportunity

201 W Colfax, Dept 907
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 913-1999; FAX (720) 913-1809

The Division of Small Business Opportunity processes applications for multiple programs:

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) for construction-related City & County of Denver contracts
  • Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and Small Business Enterprise Concessions (SBEC) for airport concession opportunities at the Denver International Airport
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) for U.S. DOT federally-funded contracts in Colorado (including airport, highway and transit contracts)

To apply for a program listed above, click here.

Private Certification

Certification from these agencies does not apply for government funded contracts, but may be used by private corporations.

Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (RMMSDC)
1445 Market Street
Denver, CO
(303) 623-3037
MBE Certification

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC, 20036
(202) 872-5515
WBE Certification


The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, we strive to advance the state's economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.

We assist in:

  • Building a strong public-private approach on a statewide basis for economic development activities
  • Monitoring economic conditions throughout the state and strengthening regional economies
  • Supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses
  • Increasing quality job creation by expanding and attracting businesses
  • Maintaining Colorado's diverse economic base by retaining existing jobs through responsive programs and a supportive business climate
  • Positioning Colorado as a global leader in key industries, such as tourism, aerospace, bioscience and renewable energy
  • Assisting the state's economy, while preserving quality of life

We offer a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Creative Industries; the Colorado International Trade Office; the Colorado Small Business Development Centers; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; minority and women-owned business services; and economic research.

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