Certification Applications

The Economic Development Department manages the SBO Program, which includes:

  • SBE Certification - A formal certification process to determine a firm’s ownership and control, number of employees, average annual gross revenue, personal net worth, and a minimum of one year of business operation.
  • M/WBE and DBE Goal - A goal for M/WBE’s and DBE’s participation is established by the Mayor and Aldermen annually.  The goal is for the total dollar value of eligible city projects (excluding federal and sole-source projects).  The annual goal may be adjusted at the discretion of the Mayor and Aldermen. 
    • The City of Savannah will accept participation from firms with active disadvantaged, minority, or women-owned firm certification from the following agencies:
      • City of Savannah M/WBE Program 
      • Department of Transportation (including GDOT and other state DOTs)
      • Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development
      • National Minority Supplier Development Council
      • Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council
  • SBE Reserves - Contracts below $100,000 are reserved for qualified SBEs unless two or fewer certified SBEs are registered in the City of Savannah’s Supplier Portal to perform the work.
  • Compliance – Various compliance activities including pre- and post-award meetings, onsite monitoring visits, subcontractor payment tracker, notices of non-compliance, and other enforcement.
  • Other Program Activities and Support - The City maintains and regularly updates a directory of certified firms: SBE, L/DBE, and M/WBE on the City’s website. The City also provides services to support the growth of D/M/W/SBEs, including business training, mentorship, bonding assistance, access to capital, and networking events.

The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program was re-introduced to the minority and woman-owned business community as a part of Savannah First initiative.   Previously certified M/WBE firms who are interested in re-certification should complete the M/WBE Re-certification Affidavit. New applications from minority or women-owned firms are also welcome and encouraged using the M/WBE Certification Application. 

For more information and assistance, please contact the SBO Program Office at (912) 652-3582 or email.