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Get Certified

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

Certification with the City of St. Louis can help make you more competitive for contracts and business opportunities not just at the Airport, but also in the St. Louis region.

Airport Concessions Disadvantage Business Enterprise (ACDBE), Federal Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE), City of St. Louis Local Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and City of St. Louis Local Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certifications provide invaluable marketing exposure to leading contractors and government agencies. If your business receives certification, you also get access to training seminars that can help drive your growth and development. 

The BDD office has the responsibility of certifying and re-certifying Minority and/or Women-owned Business Enterprises to participate in the City of St. Louis M/WBE Program. Remember, you must be certified or recognized by the City of St. Louis to participate in the M/WBE Program. 

To learn how to summit a successful application register for one of our certification workshops.

What are the benefits of becoming certified?

  • Having a Sense of Community
  • Landing Contracts That Once Seemed Unlikely
  • Opening Up Marketing Opportunities
  • Getting Access to Government Contracts
  • Setting Yourself Apart From Other Businesses

What are the basic requirements needed to become certified?

Below, you’ll find some of the basic criteria and requirements by the City of St. Louis to evaluate eligibility for certification. These are only intended as a general overview. Please review the following resources for complete certification requirements and procedures. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact us here.

Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program requirements:

  • Organized as a for-profit small business whose annual gross revenues or number of employees do not exceed the limits applicable to the type of business as determined by the US Small Business Administration Table of Small Business Size Standards;
  • A minimum of 51% of the business must be owned by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged or, in the case of a corporation, in which 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals.
  • Individuals who are African American, Hispanic American, Asian Pacific-American, Native American, or women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged if their personal net worth does not exceed the net worth limit.
  • Individuals whose socially and economically disadvantaged status is relied upon for DBE certification must show that their individual net worth does not exceed $1.32 million. For purposes of establishing net worth, the following items are excluded:

               The equity in the individuals primary residence. 
               The equity in the business which is applying for the DBE status.

  • Management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

City of St. Louis Local Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program requirements:

  • At least 51% owned and controlled by one or more socially disadvantaged-individuals.
  • Socially disadvantaged individuals are persons who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States and who are African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Native Americans, or women.
  • Business must have a local office in the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in one of the following counties: City of St. Louis (MO), City of Sullivan (MO), St. Louis (MO), Jefferson (MO), Lincoln (MO), St. Charles (MO), Warren (MO), Franklin (MO), Bond (IL), Calhoun (IL), Clinton (IL), Jersey (IL), Macoupin (IL), Madison (IL), Monroe (IL), St. Clair (IL).

How to Get Started

The department utilizes the Certification and Compliance Management System for our online certification process. This online certification system is developed and managed by B2G Now, Inc., which is currently used by a number of government agencies, airports, and other public entities. Use of the system allows for efficient and faster processing of applications and records management. We encourage small businesses to use this system to complete all applications for certification.

The process to apply for MBE/WBE certification with the City of St. Louis involves two steps:

  • Create an account in our vendor management system
  • Fill out and submit, along with the documents required, the Electronic Certification Application
  • Please click link below to review the list of REQUIRED documents for certification
  • Please note you will need a tax id number in order to complete the application


Certification Login

If additional assistance is needed in completing the application, sign up for one of our certification workshops. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to discuss the certification process in-depth and ask additional questions. Please register here or RSVP by calling the BDD office at (314) 426-8111

Required Documents for Certification

Maintain Your Certification

Personal Net Worth Statement

NAICS Code Expansion

Interstate Certification

Voluntary Withdrawal