The Office of Economic Opportunity has the responsibility of registering MBE’s, WBE's, and DSBE’s. 

Mayor's Executive Order 3-12




As of March 2010, the City of Philadelphia no longer offers a M/W/DSBE Certification Program. Minority, Women, and Disabled owned businesses that wish to participate in the City's program must be certified by another certifying agency. The City's registration program promotes and fosters the growth of   Minority, Women, and Disabled-owned businesses (M/W/DSBEs). Companies that register with OEO can benefit from the City's economic inclusion efforts.


All firms applying for the Office of Economic Opportunity Registry of Certified Firms under Executive Order 3-12 as a Minority, Woman and/or Disabled Business Enterprise (M/W/DSBEs) must complete the M/W/DSBE Registry Application and submit it to the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) for the determination of eligibility.


Registration is free. There is no fee to apply to the registry as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) or Disabled Business Enterprise (DSBE).


Simple Registration Process

First, obtain certification from an OEO Recognized Certification Agency (view list in PDF format).

Secondly, apply for registration with OEO. If you have more than one certification, use the certification that certifies you for the longest period of time. (Example: Certificate that expires on August 12 next year and one that expires on December 31 next year, use the December 31 certification).  


Companies registered with OEO are invited to review the NAIC codes for their businesses and to update them on-line.


All firms accessing this registration system must use a distinct and secure user account.


If you have any questions or need help while completing the application please contact Alice Dungee by e-mail at or call 215-683-2000.