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SC Governor Office State Certified MBE

The Governor's Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance (OSMBA) was created by Executive Order in October 1979.  Enabling legislation was passed and the program was placed into law as outlined in Article 21, Section 11-35-5010 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1981.

Mission

The mission of the Governor's Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance is to promote the interest of small and minority-owned businesses as a part of the free enterprise system; thereby, enhancing economic growth and development in South Carolina. 

OSMBA certifies that a South Carolina business is owned, controlled, and operated by a socially and economically disadvantaged minority who is a United States citizen. There are no loans, grants or guaranteed award of contracts associated with obtaining certification.

Businesses are encouraged to participate in any agency’s bid process. Agency solicitations are advertised in the SC Business Opportunities (SCBO) publication issued by the Materials Management Office.


Goals

  • To promote the growth and development of small and minority-owned businesses in South Carolina.
  • To act as an advocate so that an equitable portion of State procurement contracts be awarded to small and minority-owned businesses.
  • To encourage minority businesses that want state contracts to become certified.

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Certified Small Disadvantaged Business

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by MBEs in state and local procurement.  

DOT DBE regulations require state and local transportation agencies that receive DOT financial assistance, to establish goals for the participation of DBEs.  Each DOT-assisted State and local transportation agency is required to establish annual DBE goals, and review the scopes of anticipated large prime contracts throughout the year and establish contract-specific DBE subcontracting goals.  

Along with the OSDBU, the Departmental Office of Civil Rights, and the Office of the General Counsel, there are three major DOT operating administrations involved in the DBE program.  They are the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

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South Carolina Department of transportation Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise DBE

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s DBE program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)s in state and local procurement. 

DOT DBE regulations require state and local transportation agencies that receive DOT financial assistance, to establish goals for the participation of DBEs.  Each DOT-assisted State and local transportation agency is required to establish annual DBE goals, and review the scopes of anticipated large prime contracts throughout the year and establish contract-specific DBE subcontracting goals.

Along with the OSDBU, the Departmental Office of Civil Rights, and the Office of the General Counsel, there are three major DOT operating administrations involved in the DBE program.  They are the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

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North Carolina Department of Transportation (dot) Certified DisadvaNtaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s DBE program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)s in state and local procurement. 

DOT DBE regulations require state and local transportation agencies that receive DOT financial assistance, to establish goals for the participation of DBEs.  Each DOT-assisted State and local transportation agency is required to establish annual DBE goals, and review the scopes of anticipated large prime contracts throughout the year and establish contract-specific DBE subcontracting goals.

Along with the OSDBU, the Departmental Office of Civil Rights, and the Office of the General Counsel, there are three major DOT operating administrations involved in the DBE program.  They are the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

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North Carolina HISTORICALLY UNDERUTILIZED BUSINESS (HUB) Certified

The mission of the State of North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses is to promote economic opportunities for historically underutilized businesses in state government contracting and procurement that will foster their growth and profitability.

The HUB Office provides outreach, training and networking opportunities for new and established, certified HUB firms.  The HUB website (www.doa.state.nc.us/hub) provides access to programs and core services, a HUB vendor/firm database, upcoming bids with various state agencies and public entities, HUB Annual Reports, information on the HUBSCO construction Reporting System, and the latest news and calendar for training and conference sessions.

The HUB Office was created by Executive Order 150 on April 20, 1999.  The HUB Office was codified, established by law and provided with operational funding during the 2001 Legislative Session.  It was established to:

  • Increase the amount of goods and services acquired by state agencies from certified HUB firms;
  • Eliminate barriers that reduce the participation of HUB firms in the marketplace, and in state government procurement and contracting;
  • Encourage purchasing officers and capital project coordinators within state agencies, departments, universities and community colleges to identify and utilize HUB vendors, contractors and service providers;
  • Educate HUB firms on “How To Do Business” with the State of North Carolina; and
  • Provide resources for HUB firms.

Based on HUB Annual Reports, HUB participation in state Construction for Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013) was $70,408,843, which represented 22.33% of the total construction  spending of $315,242,874. 

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Georgia Department of transportation (dOT) CERTIFIED Disadvantaged Business enterprise (DBE)

In an effort to eliminate inequalities and disparities between entities that do business with DOTs in each state, each stated DOT administers the DBE program with one DBE officer presiding as liaison officer.   In Georgia, their DBE liaison and staff have a dedicated goal to help eligible businesses become DBE certified so they can become part of the Georgia Unified Certification Program and bid on federally funded highway construction and other projects on equal footing with larger corporations.

When Georgia DOT establishes a contract goal for DBE participation, prime contractors seek out qualified DBE firms to meet contract goals.  In general, prime contractors look for firms that are already Georgia DOT-certified as DBEs. 

Being a Georgia DOT-certified DBE provides our firm with opportunities for future growth by making it easier to market our services to other Georgia DOT contractors, including listing our firm’s capabilities in the Georgia DOT Directory of Certified DBE Firms.  Many contractors use this directory to identify DBE’s for participation in their contracts.

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OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (OSHA) 30-hour outreach training FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY certificate

The OSHA Outreach Training Program for the Construction Industry provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in the construction industry.  The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

Through this program, workers can attend 10-hour or 30-hour classes delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers.  The 10-hour class is intended for entry level workers, while the 30hour class is more appropriate for supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility.  Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights, and contribute to our nation’s productivity.

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Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management for contractors certificate

The Construction Quality Management (CQM) Course for Contractors was developed to help familiarize contractor personnel with the CQM concepts and procedures.  This CQM Certification is required when working on ARMY and NAVY construction projects.  Many other Federal Funded Projects also require this certification. 

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Lead-Safe Certified

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.

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