Certifications increase the visibility, access, and credibility of your organization.


Distinguished minority, women, disadvantaged, and veteran certified business have access to more business opportunities. At Essentia Strategy Group, we help you gain access to a vast array of business opportunities. Obtaining certifications will grant your organization greater access to networking, supportive services, and educational opportunities. You will also benefit from access to large databases of entities that support and implement supplier diversity and open the door for loan opportunities and financial resources.

Our objective is to help your business grow. We work with your organization to identify your goals, and determine which certifications will benefit your organization the most and help you to achieve those goals.  And after the certifications are obtained, we assist our clients in identifying and soliciting opportunities for contracts that could potentially ignite your business.

At Essentia we understand that time is your most valuable asset and that running a business takes time. Undoubtedly, so does building a business. By partnering with Essentia Strategy Group, business owners save time and gain insight, advocacy, and action plans for navigating Certifications– a process that alone can be overwhelming and time-consuming. We simplify and accelerate the certification process so that you can focus your time on running your business.

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Types of Certifications

Our Certification Reports are tailored to fit the goals of each individual business we work with, with its ideal future in mind. There are a number of certifications available on the local, state, and federal level, as well as within the private realm. Additionally, some businesses may benefit from certifications that are department or field-specific, such as those offered by a Department of Parks and Recreation or a specific school district. Below is a partial list of available certifications.

MBE – Minority Business Enterprise

The MBE program is designed to assist minority businesses in obtaining state government contracts for goods and services. The MBE program typically applies to contracts to supply goods.

WBE – Women Business Enterprise

The WBE program is designed to assist women businesses in obtaining private sector contracts for goods and services.

SBE – Small Business Enterprise

SBE is a race/gender-neutral program that restricts competition for prime contracts on certain designated projects to small businesses that have been certified through the program.

EDGE – Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity

The EDGE program is designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in obtaining state government contracts in the following areas: construction, architecture and engineering; professional services; goods and services; and information technology services. This certification typically applies to construction contracts.

DBE – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

The DBE program ensures nondiscrimination in the award/administration of USDOT-assisted contracts in highway, transit and airport projects.

VFBE – Veterans Friendly Business Enterprise

The State of Ohio’s Veteran-Friendly Business Enterprise (VFBE) Procurement program provides preference or bonus points to certified companies that compete to contract with the state to supply the goods or services it needs, including eligible construction services.

8(a)Business Development Program

The 8(a) Business Development Program assists disadvantaged small business owners by training and increasing their ability and resources to stand out in competitive markets.

HUB Zone

The U.S. Small Business Administrations’ HUB Zone Program is designed to aid business in located in underutilized areas.


The ACDBE program ensures nondiscrimination in the award of USDOT-assisted contracts in highway, transit and airport projects.


The WOSB Program is designed to ensure the award/administration of federal contracts to women.


The EDWOSB Program is designed to ensure the award/administration of contracts to economically disadvantaged women.

DBE – Ohio Turnpike

DBE certification with the Ohio Turnpike is designed to advance disadvantaged business owners economic goals, partnerships, and communities.

Minority Supplier Diversity Council – National and Ohio

MSDC is a private certification designed to advance MBE business owners by connecting them with corporate bidding opportunities and connections.

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

The NGLCC provides support to LGBT business owners by showcasing the diversity and talents of LGBT communities, and promoting large scale economic advancement and empowerment.

And Many More!

Our Process


We start by gaining an understanding of how your company works; who makes it happens, how it happens, and how big it can be. We determine, based on our knowledge and expertise, which certifications you are qualified and identify the requirements and benefits of each certification.


Considering both company goals and eligibility, we create a comprehensive and itemized Certification Report. The Report serves as an individualized plan with the information necessary to walk the company through applying and obtaining the certifications in the order that will be the most beneficial for the business. In this way, business owners are able to most efficiently pursue additional business opportunities that align with the desired future of their company, and they eliminate time wasted applying for certifications for which they are not eligible.


Our team assesses and reviews the certification documents and identify any red flags or problems that may present a barrier to certification approval. We advise and support clients in addressing identified problems prior to submission.


We work with our clients to identify and solicit opportunities for contracts. Our clients have access to our network and we provide linkage to resources that will support growth.

New opportunities could be a certification away.

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