By becoming a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE), you will receive preference in procurement opportunities offered by the District of Columbia. The CBE program helps position your business to better compete in DC Government contracting opportunities.
In order to be eligible for the CBE program, in addition to other requirements, interested businesses must demonstrate that they are headquartered in the District of Columbia to be considered as a Local Business Enterprise (LBE). LBEs may also pursue additional designations, such as Small Business Enterprise (SBE).
The Small Business Enterprise (SBE) designation requires a business to demonstrate that they are local (meet all LBE requirements); are independently owned, operated, and controlled; meet the United States Small Business Administration’s definition of a small business concern or have not exceeded the DSLBD limits for annualized gross receipts over the past 3 years.
District government agencies monitored by DSLBD are subject to an annual SBE spending goal requirement, and SBEs receive preference within set-aside procurements.