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Helping a larger, more diverse field of businesses compete for government contracts is an important way that we help small businesses grow and increase their revenues. Many small companies do not realize that they can, by gaining certification for various qualifying factors, access a much broader world of opportunity. Qualifying factors include being minority- or woman-owned, or otherwise being a disadvantaged business.

This work is performed for a wide range of city projects and contracts through DEDO's Division of Small Business OpportunityAs part of our administration of this important process--from business outreach to training, granting the certification itself, and program maintenance and compliance--we use financial analyses to assign Minority/Women and/or Disadvantaged Business (M/WBE/DBE) goals to each project. 

We also maintain a defined selection pool of Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and specific projects for Emerging Business Enterprises (EBE). Larger companies that bid on the City’s construction projects meet the specific MWBE/SBE/DBE goals by partnering with certified firms.

To learn about how business certification could build your company, use our information line at 720-913-1714 or send an email to Each month we host a free, virtual training about the certifications and how you can get started. View upcoming dates on this Events List.

To access our database of certified firms as well as the details on all upcoming outreach and training events, use this portal.

To learn about the city's Mentor-Protege Pilot Program for 2020-21, get started on this page.


Location & Hours
101 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80202
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

Phone: 720-913-1999

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