Diverse Business Enterprise Certification
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The Grand Rapids Chamber’s Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE) certification program recognizes minority, veteran, women, tribal, disability and LGBTQIA+ owned businesses. Certifications are provided to increase visibility and give a competitive advantage with contracts and opportunities in the West Michigan community.


  • Businesses must be 51% owned or controlled by one of these categories: veteran, woman, tribal, minority (a recognized minority such as Native American, African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian/Pacific-American, or Asian/Indian-American), member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and/or person experiencing a disability (as defined by the ADA). Businesses may apply for more than one diverse category.
  • Must be doing business in the West Michigan region.
  • For-profit business entity of any designation, including sole proprietors, LLC, general partnership, or corporation.
  • In business for at least three (3) months.