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Be MBE-Certified

Distinguish your company as a minority-owned business through the MBE certification program of The Southern Connecticut Black Chamber of Commerce. Our organization, serving Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport and New Haven Connecticut invites you to become our member and get your company certified. Doing so allows you the opportunity of being considered ahead of other businesses when it comes to doing business with the State or City. Whether you are just starting a business or your company is already established, you can drastically benefit from these "set aside" contracts.

Your minority business may also be able to qualify as a HUBZone business, Section 8(a) business development or Veteran-owned business.

MBE Certification

Applicant Criteria

In determining if your company has minority ownership and control, our organization follows the national standardized guidelines for MBE certification. Read the following criteria carefully to see if your company qualifies:

• Your entity must be a for-profit enterprise and physically located in the United States or its trust territories.
• Your organization must be able to demonstrate that the majority (51%) of the ownership, operational control, and managerial control is held by minority group members (minority group members are US citizens who are African-American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific American and Asian Indian American).
• Your organization must be legally formed as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation.
• Your organization must be independent of any non-minority firm.

Certification Process

To make things easier for you, we have listed our certification process. Please read the information below thoroughly:

• All members can download a copy of the W/MBE application, or they can request a copy to be mailed by sending an email to - mailing may take 7 to 10 business days.
• All applications must include a money order or check made out to: The Southern Connecticut Black Chamber of Commerce.
• All documents must be completed in their entirety. Please put an "N/A" on any necessary fields.
• All documents must be arranged in the same order as the checklist provided.
• If submitting applications and supporting documents via mail, it is advised that members use a shipping method that allows package tracking, such as US mail, FedEx™, etc.
• Applications can also be scanned with all supporting document and emailed to, but certificate will not be issued without original notarized application and fee.
• SCBCC will confirm receipt of application within 24 to 48 hours via email. 

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• Mail applications to the following address:

The Southern Connecticut Black Chamber of Commerce, Tech & Trade Center 510 Barnum Avenue, Room 104 Bridgeport, CT 06608
• If you need assistance completing your application, please contact the SCBCC via (877) 722-2293 or