MBE is a company level ownership/diversity certification. MBE certifications are usually issued by the federal, state or local government. Eligibility for certification as a Minority Business Enterprise varies depending on the issuer but generally requires that a company be owned and operated by a member of a minority group such as African American, Native American, Asian or Hispanic American.

MBE certification is non-industry specific.

Organizations wishing to become MBE certified should contact the appropriate government body. The certification process usually involves completing an application and/or completing a registration with the certifying government body.