In addition to its service to minority and women business enterprises, SDO
has the responsibility to
certify businesses that meet certain criteria.
SDO certification is a marketing tool used to enhance a firm's
ability to do business in public markets. Although certification does not
guarantee that a business will be successful every time it bids, it may add a
competitive edge to a bid. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts spends more than
$4 billion each year doing business with firms. More than $240 million of this
amount is targeted to SDO certified minority and women businesses. Becoming
SDO certified can help firms seeking contracts with the government.
In addition, SDOalso assists government agencies in meeting their
affirmative purchasing and contracting goals. It does this by providing
business development assistance to certified companies through information on
procurement opportunities and business
Finally, SDO publishes a directory of certified minority and women business enterprises and
certified minority and women-controlled, non-profit organizations. The directory is searchable online, and may also be downloaded.