Learn About CBE Benefits


A Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) is a business that is headquartered in the District of Columbia and has been certified by the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD).

CBE Certification Advantage

Businesses with CBE certification receive preferred procurement and contracting opportunities. The District directs spending to these DC-based businesses that support and contribute to job creation and the city tax base, which in turn results in a much stronger local economy. Each agency, including an agency that contracts or procures through the Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP), must exercise its contracting and procurement authority. It must meet, on an annual basis, the goal of procuring and contracting 50 percent of the dollar volume of its goods and services, including construction goods and services, to Small Business Enterprises (SBEs).

Categories of Certification

Certification as a Local Business Enterprise (LBE) is a prerequisite to be certified in any additional business enterprise category within the CBE Program. In the CBE Program, once a business meets all LBE requirements, the business can request the Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Resident-owned Business Enterprise (ROB), business enterprise located within a Development Enterprise Zone (DZE), Longtime Resident Business Enterprise (LRB), Veteran-owned Business Enterprise (VOB) or the Local Manufacturing Business Enterprise (LME) designation(s) for consideration to receive additional preference points or percentages.

Department of Small and Local Business Development

441 4th Street, NW, Suite 850 North, Washington, DC 20001

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm

Phone: (202) 727-3900

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