As we gear up for the 2021 Legislative Session, we look forward to a new year with renewed energy to help minority- and women-owned businesses access more government contracting opportunities. We have several proposals we are prioritizing to support the work that we do to move the needle for equity in Washington State contracting and procurement.
When you register with Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS), you can turn on alerts for the products and services your business provides.
If you are a federally certified DBE, you must submit an "Affidavit of Continued Eligibility" (ACE) each year before your certification anniversary date. State certified firms (MBE/MWBE/WBE/SEDBE) must submit the ACE every three years.
You must also submit your firm’s most recent tax returns. The ACE and tax returns confirm there have been no changes that would affect your firm’s ability to remain certified, such as changes in ownership, control, size, management responsibility, scope of work, or personal net worth. OMWBE will send you an email 75 days before your anniversary date.
Your firm will remain certified throughout the review process. This can take up to several months after you submit your renewal. Our analysts will reach out to you directly if we have any questions.
January 5th, 2021
While 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for minority- and women-owned businesses, we look forward to a fresh start and the possible future return to normalcy with the arrival of 2021 and a COVID-19 vaccine. We are also thrilled by the Governor's proposals for the next two-year budget, which prioritizes equity in social programs and our state's path to economic recovery.
These proposals, used as a starting point for the Legislature’s upcoming work to set the budget, specifically includes funding for several critical OMWBE priorities. The inclusion of these proposals recognizes the importance of equity in government contracting and procurement in the overall progress toward equity and will help us on our path to implementing the recommendations from the 2019 Disparity Study.
We look forward to continuing to support you in new and innovative ways in the coming year as we continue to adapt to our “new normal”, especially as we all focus on recovery and resiliency. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time.
Happy New Year to all of our certified firms!
Lisa van der Lugt
Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises
1110 Capitol Way S #150, Olympia WA 98501 United States
Our physical office remains closed due to COVID-19. We are available by phone and email during regular business hours.