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A Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) is one, which is owned and controlled by at least fifty-one percent (51%) minority member(s). Minority group members are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, who are Black, Hispanic, Asian Islanders, American Indians or Alaskan Natives. A Women Business Enterprise (WBE) is one that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by a woman or women. A Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) is one, which is owned and controlled by at least fifty-one percent (51%) veteran(s). A Disability Owned Business Enterprise is one that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by a socially disadvantaged individual or individuals. All qualifying members must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

The primary goal of the City's MBE/WBE/VBE/DOBE program is to create an environment that:

  • Promotes meaningful business opportunities
  • Builds productive partnerships
  • Creates successful integration of M/W/VBE/DOBE firms within the business infrastructure of the City of Indianapolis
 To achieve these goals, the City concentrates its M/W/V/DOBE program in three areas:
  • Communications and education
  • Procurement procedures and partnerships
  • Internal accountability  
DMWBE will conduct, or cause to be conducted an on-site review of all MBE, WBE, VBE or DOBE applicants located in the following Indiana counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby. That review may be done by appointment or by cold call. Applicants are required to allow this review and any subsequent, reasonable review of their businesses. Failure to cooperate with reviewers or refusing to allow the on-site reviews will result in rejection of the application. Applicants located outside the above listed counties should apply for certification to the State of Indiana, Department of Administration.
The City of Indianapolis Department of Minority & Women Business Development is not required to accept the determination of another certifying agency and otherwise reserves the right of refusal.
DMWBD policy is to make decisions on applications for certification within 90 days of receiving all required information from the applicant firm. DMWBD may extend this time period once, for no more than an additional 60 days, upon written notice to the firm, explaining fully and specifically the reasons for the extension.



Indianapolis/Marion County Veteran Services​​

Indianapolis Office of Disability Affairs​​


Resolution No 01 2013 Domiciled In State DOBE.pdf​

DOBE Municode.pdfCode of Ordinances