Frequently Asked Questions

The frequently asked questions have been grouped into the following categories. Click on the category to see the questions and their answers.

COBID certifies minority-owned, women-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned business owners and emerging small businesses interested in contracting with state, county, and city government agencies. Our goal is to foster an environment where every small business in Oregon can compete fairly regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, or size. We strive to help owners of disadvantaged and emerging small businesses access opportunities to compete for public contracting opportunities—a field where minorities, women, service-disabled veterans, and emerging small businesses encounter barriers. When firms owned by disadvantaged individuals participate in contracting, these historically underserved businesses advance, helping enhance and strengthen our local, regional, and state economy.

What are the benefits of certification?

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding certification eligibility?

What is the difference between Annual "No Change Affidavit/Statement" Review and Renewal Application?

How long can I be certified in a program?

Can I still apply if my business is new?

What is the difference between D/M/WBE, SDV, and ESB and SBA 8(a) certifications?

How much does certification cost?

What ethnicities are considered minority?

Can I be certified if I have fulltime employment elsewhere?

Can a male apply as a woman-owned business?

Do I need to hold the professional license (e.g., engineer, plumber, electrician, etc.) to qualify for certification in that field?

What determines eligibility?

How do I file a complaint about a firm that is applying or is currently certified?

How do I apply for certification?

What if I am disadvantaged but do not meet the requirements of the program?

How long does it take to obtain certification?

Who is able to review the confidential information submitted with an application?

What is the status of my application?

What does "pending" review status on my dashboard mean?

If I am denied certification, when can I reapply?

Who do I contact if I am having technical problems with the online application?

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Do I need to keep copies of all documents submitted?

What documents support operational control and management?

What tax information do I need to provide?

What do I do if I do not have any tax information?

What is a Bank Authorization or Signature Card?

What do I need to provide as proof of contribution?

What if I started my business a long time ago and do not have proof of contribution?

Do I need to submit a Personal Financial Statement (PFS) for certification as a MBE, WBE, or SDV?

What documents support proof of ethnicity?

How do I locate proper NAICS codes?

How often do I need to contact you to maintain my certification?

If I do not respond to requests for information, do I lose my certification?

Can I bid on a project using a certification if I have not been approved yet?

Is there a bond exemption for certified firms?

If I change the legal structure of my business do I need to notify COBID?

Can I use a certification from a different state?

Do I need to provide taxes each year?

Tips for performing a Commercially Useful Function (CUF) review as a government agency.