DISABILITY OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE CERTIFICATION
In 2013, Mayor Ballard and the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County partnered to pass the Disability Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) Certification ordinance, which establishes a 1 percent utilization goal of businesses owned by persons with disabilities in all city and county contracts. People with disabilities experience a 45 percent gap, regardless of education level, in employment rates when compared to individuals without disabilities and have traditionally not been steered toward entrepreneurship. The purpose of the DOBE Certification Program is to provide economic opportunities for business owners with disabilities as well as to incentivize people with disabilities to start their own businesses.
The DOBE Certification program affords individuals with disabilities the opportunity to become economically self-sufficient. Modeled after existing minority, women and veteran owned supplier diversity programs, DOBE certification is administered through the Office of Disability Affairs (IODA) and the City of Indianapolis Department of Minorityand Women Business Development (DMWBD) to create and promote an inclusive culture for business opportunities, economic growth and sustainability for diverse business enterprises.
HOW CAN I BECOME CERTIFIED AS A DISABILITY OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE?
The first step of the DOBE certification process requires completion of a Disability Affidavit form provided by IODA. Once that process is successfully completed, applicants who have not done so previously must submit a Certification Application form to DMWBD and receive certification approval. If your business is interested in becoming a DOBE certified business and you would like to receive a Disability Affidavit form please contact Greg Fehribach, City of Indianapolis ADA legal counsel, by phone at 317-638-2400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.