Q: What are the rules for getting certified as a minority owned business?
Definition of a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
Under Article 15-A of the Executive Law, an MBE is a business enterprise in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, operated and controlled by citizens or permanent resident aliens who are meeting the ethnic definitions listed in the chart below:
Black Persons having origins from any of the Black African racial groups.
Persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Central or South American descent of either Native American or Latin American origin, regardless of race.
Asian-Pacific Persons having origins from the Far East, Southeast Asia or the Pacific Islands.
Asian-Indian Subcontinent Persons having origins from the Indian subcontinent.
Native American or Alaskan Native Persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America.
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