Who Is Eligible?

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools does not certify Minority, Women or Small Business Enterprises. CMS shall accept certification from any bona fide certifying entity, by way of example and not limitation, certification from such entities as the city of Charlotte, state of North Carolina Historically Underutilized Business Office, Carolina Minority Supplier Development Council and the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Persons seeking certification must meet certain criteria:

MWBE certification applies to a minority-owned business that is owned, operated, and controlled by one or more minority group members who have at least 51 percent ownership, operational and managerial control, interest in capital, earnings commensurate with their percentage of ownership and continuing not created solely to meet the MWBE requirements.

A minority is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and who is:

  1. African American
  2. Hispanic / Latino American
  3. Asian American
  4. Native American

A woman-owned business that owned, operated and controlled by one (1) or more nonminority women that does not have origins in any of the groups listed under minority who have 51 percent ownership, interest in capital, earnings commensurate with their percentage of ownership and continuing not created solely to meet the MWBE requirements.

SBE certification applies to:

A business enterprise owned, operated and controlled by one (1) or more eligible owners who have 51 percent ownership, interest, holds the professional or contractor license necessary for operation and is 25 percent or less of the applicable size standards established by the Small Business Administration.

SBE certification also includes a personal net worth limitation, a minimum of three months in business, and location within the Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Businesses who are interested in becoming certified can contact the following agencies:

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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