Beshear Unveils Minority-Owned Business Certification Program

by Gabe Bullard on December 15, 2010

by Sheila Ash

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has launched the state’s first certification program for minority and women owned businesses.

The goal of the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program is to encourage growth among Kentucky businesses owned by women and minorities and to assist those companies in finding further business opportunities.

Governor’s Spokesperson Kerri Richardson says the program will help the business owners bid on jobs in other states, which typically require certification.

The application to apply for the program is available online.

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Terena Bell December 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

As a woman-owned business owner, I think this is wonderful. My company has occasionally not been able to bid on a non-Ky opportunity because state WBE, etc certification was required, and Ky did not provide it. Having this will make us–and other Ky companies–more competitive.

An emerging business certification would also be helpful, as many West Coast–especially Pacific Northwest–governments and primes are beginning to require that as well.

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