Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to participate as a Women or Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (W/MBE) on Authority-funded contracts?

A business certified as a W/MBE by Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, State of Florida Dept. of Management Services Office of Supplier Diversity or certified as a DBE with the Florida Unified Certification Program will be eligible to participate.


How do I become certified as a W/MBE?

By contacting Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, or the State of Florida Department of Management Services Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD).


If I am currently certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), do I have to become W/MBE certified?

No. If you are currently certified as a DBE through the Florida Unified Certification Program pursuant to 49 CFR Part 26, you will be eligible to participate on Authority contracts as a W/MBE.


Does my W/MBE certification expire or will I have to renew my certification annually?

You will need to contact the certifying agency that issued your W/MBE certification for information regarding renewals. The Authority will only accept current certifications.


Who do I contact if I have a question about the Authority’s DBE and W/MBE program?

You can contact the DBE Program Office at (813) 870-8738.