Office of Supplier Diversity Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the State of Connecticut’s certification a company must meet the legal definition of a small business or that of a minority owned firm.

A small business enterprise (SBE) is defined as a company who has:

  • Been doing business under the same ownership or management and has maintained its principal place of business in Connecticut for at least one year immediately prior to the date of application;
  • Gross revenues not exceeding $15,000,000 during its most recent fiscal year; and,
  • 51% ownership held by a person(s) who exercises the operational authority over daily affairs of the business and has the power to direct policies and management and receives beneficial interests of the business.

A minority owned business enterprise (MBE) is defined as:

  • A small business (must meet the above-stated SBE criteria) with at least 51% ownership by one or more minority person(s) who exercises operational authority over daily affairs of the business, has the power to direct management and policies, and receives the beneficial interests of the business.
  • A minority is a person(s) who is American Indian, Asian, Black, Hispanic, has origins in the Iberian Peninsula, a woman, or an individual with a disability.