It is the policy of the state that the actual and potential capacity of minority business enterprises is encouraged and developed (GA Code Sec. 50-5-130). For purposes of the policy, the following definitions apply:
• “Minority” is an individual who is a member of a race that comprises less than 50 percent of the total population of the state.
• “Minority business enterprise” means a small business concern that is owned and controlled by one or more minorities and is authorized to do and is doing business under the laws of this state, paying all taxes duly assessed, and domiciled within this state (GA Code Sec. 50-5-131).
• “Minority subcontractor” is a business in which a minority reports as his or her personal income, the income of that business (GA Code Sec. 48-7-38).
• “State contract” means a contract for the purchase of goods, equipment, property, or services, or for the construction of any building or structure for the state (GA Code Sec. 48-7-38).
Companies that want to be certified with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services Minority Certification Program as a minority business enterprise or minority subcontractor may submit the Department of Transportation “Certification Application” that may be found at http://statepurchasing.doas.georgia.gov
. For more information, contact the Georgia Department of Administrative Services State Purchasing at 404-657-6000 or 800-495-0053 or the Department of Transportation at 404-656-5323.