Business Certifications



Certifications for Small and Diverse Suppliers & Contractors


Small and diverse suppliers and contractors may benefit from certification. It is not required to be certified to sell goods or provide services to the State of Colorado, however, the State encourages proper certification in support of allowing the State to accurately capture the small and diverse suppliers and contractor information the State of Colorado utilizes. The Colorado Minority Business Office offers free consultation to help suppliers and contractors determine if certification is appropriate for them.

The list below contains different types of certifications available based on business size and ownership.

Small Businesses

Woman-owned Businesses

Minority-owned Businesses

Veteran-owned Businesses

Businesses Owned by Members of the Disability Community

Businesses Owned by Members of the LGBTQ+ Community


Government Certificate Recognition


State of Colorado

Only the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) certification through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is recognized in State procurement as having a preference in procurement.  

Bridge and Highway Construction (Colorado Department of Transportation, CDOT) 

CDOT offers Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Emerging Small Business (ESB) certifications.

Cities, Counties, Local Government, Special Districts

Check with local entities to learn more about certifications they may recognize.

Federal Certifications

Certifications for small and diverse businesses are administered by the Small Business Administration, (SBA). Colorado APEX Accelerators (formerly PTAC) offer no-cost confidential consulting, bid matching and education opportunities and can assist suppliers wanting to sell to the Federal government. 


  Colorado Supplier Diversity Navigator

Connecting small and diverse businesses with the resources to be successful in state contracts and procurement.


Services Provided

  • Assistance with responding to solicitations for State contracts*
  • Availability of opportunities
  • Interpretation of solicitation documents
  • Solicitation response procedures and best practices
  • Bond assistance

*Assistance does not imply guidance that will give a respondent an unfair advantage when answering a solicitation.