California Certifications

Obtaining the right business certifications for your enterprise is crucial to gaining access to both government and corporate contracts. Certifications provide your business with a nationally recognized and highly respected status that makes your company stand out against marketplace competition for lucrative contracts. This allows you to compete more successfully for federal, state, local government and commercial contracts.
The State of California accepts/recognizes the following certifications:
California serves as advocates for these certified businesses to enhance economic development. Read more on the CPUC Supplier Diversity Program.
For minority owned business; women owned business; LGBT owned business owners, the state of California has a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) certification which provides official recognition that a business is women, minority, disable veteran and/or LGBT-owned. It provides access to resources, bid information, networking opportunities and serves as the conduit between private companies and government agencies. The certification generally takes 45 to 60 days to process and it is good for three years. 
Getting a certification opens the door to targeted government and private contracting opportunities.
Here are the basic qualifications for most of the certifications:
  • The business must be at least 51% managed and controlled by either a women, minority, or disadvantaged owner who:
    • Works exclusively for the firm seeking certification
    • Has superior level of experience in the industry
    • Holds the highest title as specified in the operating agreement/bylaws
  • US Citizen (or for some certifications – a Green Card holder (legal permanent resident)
  • Must be a for-profit business
If you are an established business ready to take your business to the next level, BizCentral USA can help you get certified. Since 2004, BizCentral USA has helped thousands of businesses get certified and gain more connections. Working with an experienced expert means doing it right the first time, which means FASTER approval so you can start applying for contracts sooner.
Not an established business? No problem. We have a Pre-Certification Program that can help prepare you to become certified.

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