Distinguished minority, women, disadvantaged, and veteran certified business have access to more business opportunities through small and disadvantaged business certifications. At Aventi Enterprises, we help you navigate the various certifications to determine which are best to further grow your business. Obtaining certifications will grant your organization greater access to networking, supportive services, and educational opportunities. You will also benefit from access to large databases of entities that support and implement supplier diversity and open the door for loan opportunities and financial resources.
Our objective is to help your business grow. We work with your organization to identify your goals, and determine which certifications will benefit your organization the most and help you to achieve those goals. After the certifications are obtained, we assist our clients in identifying and soliciting opportunities for contracts that could potentially ignite your business.
At Aventi, we understand that time is your most valuable asset. By partnering with Aventi Enterprises, business owners save time and gain insight, advocacy, and action plans for navigating Certifications – a process that alone can be overwhelming and time-consuming. We simplify and accelerate the certification process so that you can focus your time on running your business.
Types of Certifications
There are a number of certifications available on the local, state, and federal level, as well as within the private sector. Additionally, some businesses may benefit from certifications that are department or field-specific, such as those offered by a Department of Parks and Recreation or a specific school district. Our Certification Reports are tailored to fit the goals of each individual business we work with, with its ideal future in mind. Each report provides a list of certifications that meet those goals, the requirements for each recommended certification and the opportunities available for those certifcations. Below is a partial list of available certifications.
MBE - Minority Business Enterprise
WBE - Women Business Enterprise
VBE - Veteran Business Enterprise
DBE - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
EDGE - Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity
SBE - Small Business Enterprise
SBA 8(a) - Small Business Development Program
SBA WOSB - Woman-owned Small Business
SBA EDWOSB - Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business
"Aventi made the WBENC certification process easy and simple with step-by-step guidance throughout the application. The biggest win for me was learning how to keep track of business documents, financials and how to organize items in a way to respond to future contract opportunities."
CEO, The Wig Dr.
City and county municipalities offer certification programs that provide opportunities at the local level.
The Department of Transportation seeks to work with disadvantaged businesses for highway and transit projects.
Each state has certification programs that provide opportunities with state agencies and across states.
The National Minority Supplier Development Council connects minority businesses to corporate opportunities.
The Small Business Administration provides opportunities at the federal level for small businesses.
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council connects women-owned businesses to corporations.
Why Work with Aventi?
Reduce the amount of time you spend on your certification application. It can take 20-40 hours to complete your application based on the certification and the complexity of your business.
Gain an accountability partner to reach your goals. Because the application process can be confusing and intimidating, it's easy to get off track. Our team will encourage you to keep going to the finish line.
Get the guidance and advice you need to reduce your chances of a denial. Once you are denied, you may be required to disclose your denial with every future application.
Get help finding opportunities and securing contracts. Knowing who to talk to and how to read a bid is essential to leveraging your certifications and winning contracts.
When it's time to grow your small business, every new opportunity can be valuable. That's why it's important for businesses that are diversity-owned to get certified as such. Many government agencies and larger corporations are eager to contract work out to smaller businesses that are majority-owned by racial minorities, women, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, or veterans. If your business meets the criteria, a diversity-owned business certification could be a key that unlocks the door to growth.