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WHO’S ELIGIBLE FOR MVP?

>>MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES MUST HAVE

at least 51% interest in ownership, management, and control by an American of a recognized minority race.

>>DIVERSE BUSINESSES WITH

majority ownership and operation by American women or U.S. veterans ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE.

Ethnic-minority businesses have majority ownership, management, and control by an American of a federally recognized minority race:

• Black Americans (African American, Caribbean, etc.)
• Hispanic Americans (Hispanic, Latinx, Mexican American, Spanish, etc.)
• Native Americans (American Indian, Alaska Native Corporations, etc.)
• Asian Americans (Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.)
• Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islanders (Guamanian, Hawaiian, Samoan, etc.)

Certification Requirements

Minority and diverse businesses are strongly encouraged to confirm eligibility with proof of third-party certification or registration. Related certifications include DBE, MBE, WBE, 8(a), WOSB, MWBE, VOSB, and VBE.

Businesses that self-certify their minority status will be subject to additional review and verification to confirm program eligibility.

Recognized third-party diversity certification organizations include: 

Need Support Growing Your Minority Business?

BEEN THERE. DONE THAT.

MVP works with minority and diverse businesses from emerging start-ups to publicly traded and global corporations. The program positions vendors for success by helping their businesses strengthen operations to ensure profitable and timely delivery of quality services and goods at the best value.

THE PLAYING FIELD IS NOT ALWAYS LEVEL.

A team of highly skilled and experienced professionals lead MVP. Most consultants are successful minority entrepreneurs and business owners who understand what it takes to be competitive, even when the playing field is not always level.

The program holds registered vendors accountable to an unyielding commitment to quality, safety, and service while providing skill, trade and industry-specific training and resources to increase the capacity and readiness of Alabama’s minority businesses.

MVP BENEFITS

DATABASE LISTING

Contractors use the MVP Database to source vendors for goods and services. Businesses registered through the MVP platform are pre-qualified by the program, allowing prime contractors to offer job opportunities to new vendors with greater ease and confidence.

BID PACKAGE NOTIFICATIONS

Qualified MVP businesses receive direct notification of bids and contracts matching their expertise and service areas. Prime contractors are also notified of vendors meeting job requirements to assist with outreach.

TECHNICAL ADVICE

Registered businesses may request assistance with competitive bid preparation. MVP Leaders are available for pre-bid sessions, and they offer expert advice on estimating, bonding, and responding to bids.

 

BUSINESS TRAINING

Minority and diverse businesses in the MVP program are eligible to participate in skill development workshops and training activities. Sessions offered by MVP Leaders and experts include financing, access to capital, cash flow, supply chain, and more.

MATCHMAKING & NETWORKING

MVP sponsors events to leverage the power of connection. Networking and trade-specific matchmaking events are coordinated together with prime and subcontractors and the minority and diverse businesses in the program.

DATA COLLECTION

MVP tracks agency, prime-contractor, and subcontractor spending with minority vendors. Data are reported to support decision makers in the implementation of more policies that close the “participation gap” for minority vendors in Alabama.

DIVERSE, QUALIFIED VENDORS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ALABAMA’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

MVP is working toward a more equitable and inclusive business community in the state—championing the businesses that represent Alabamians’ full spectrum of racial, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.