All Tennessee Small Businesses!
The Tennessee General Assembly has expanded the definition of Tennessee Small Businesses that desire certification as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE). Public Chapter 1135 revised the definition of a Small Business Enterprise with the following definition:
"Tennessee small business" means a business that is a continuing, independent, for profit business which performs a commercially useful function with residence in Tennessee (except firms with an existing certification) and has total gross receipts of no more than ten million dollars ($10,000,00) averaged over a three-year period and employs no more than thirty (30) persons on a full-time basis'.
Firms interested in small business certification may review Certification Overview page for more details on how to apply.
We've moved! Effective December 5, 2011 the Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise has moved to a new location. Please see the updated address at the bottom of our web page.
Effective October 3, 2011 ALL applications received for certification must be entered into the new Tennessee Go-DBE System. All required documentation must be submitted in the electronic application. The Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise is unable to process hard copy documents. The electronic process will allow for more efficient and effective processing of applications for certification and renewals.
Under the new Tennessee Go-DBE System certified businesses will have the ability to update their certification profile via the TN Go-DBE System. Certified businesses will also have the ability to renew their existing certification with the Go-DBE office via the TN Go-DBE System.
The Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (Go-DBE) is the central point of contact to attract and assist minority owned, women owned, service-disabled veteran owned and small business enterprises interested in competing for state contracting opportunities. The goal of this office is to increase the number of certified minority, women owned, small business and service-disabled veteran owned businesses desiring to compete successfully in state procurement activity.
The Go-DBE office will continue its focus of assisting minority owned, women owned, service-disabled veteran owned and small business enterprises for state procurement participation in bids and contracting opportunities.
Click on the following link to access the electronic Tennessee Go-DBE System
Link Tennessee Go-DBE System to https://tn.diversitysoftware.com/vendorstart.asp