Office of Economic Opportunity



Certifying businesses and helping them navigate better
through certification and procurement contracting

The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) is responsible for providing small, micro, veteran, minority and women-owned businesses, with an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) district contracting and purchasing programs.


M-DCPS certifies small, micro, minority and women-owned and veteran businesses in the geographical region of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Statistical Area (Miami-Dade/Broward/Palm Beach counties). Any business that wishes to be certified will be required to be in business at least one year, complete and submit supporting documentation validating ownership, financial control and verification of the appropriate business and/or professional licenses. Local business preference status will be given to those entities whose business address is located within the boundaries of Miami-Dade County with completed documentation.

Small/Micro Business Enterprise Program

The Small/Micro Business Enterprise Program provides a race and gender-neutral process designed to encourage greater availability, capacity development and contract participation in School Board contracts. Eligibility is based on a company’s gross revenue averaged over a three-year period.


Micro Business Enterprise Program

Small Business Enterprise Program

Minority/Women & Veteran Business Programs

Professional Services A/E

 Tier 1 – Less than $300,000*
 Tier 2 – Less than $500,000*

 Tier 1 – Less than $1,000,000*
 Tier 2 – Less than $2,000,000*

 Net worth of $5,000,000 or less

Professional Services Non-A/E

 Tier 1 – Less than $300,000*
 Tier 2 – Less than $1,000,000*

 Tier 1 – Less than $2,000,000*
 Tier 2 – Less than $4,000,000*

 Net worth of $5,000,000 or less

Goods and Services

 Tier 1 – Less than $300,000*
 Tier 2 – Less than $1,000,000*

 Tier 1 – Less than $2,000,000*
 Tier 2 – Less than $4,000,000*

 Net worth of $5,000,000 or less

Construction and Construction Related Specialty Trades

 Tier 1 – Less than $300,000*
 Tier 2 – Less than $1,000,000*

 Tier 1 – Less than $3,000,000*
 Tier 2 – Less than $6,000,000*

 Net worth of $5,000,000 or less
*Gross revenue averaged over a three-year period

Minority/Women Business Enterprise Program Eligible Groups:

    • Non-Minority Women
    • African-American
    • Hispanic American
    • Asian-American
    • Native-American

Veteran Business Enterprise Program

The Veteran Business Enterprise Program (VBE) provides a race and gender-neutral program designed to benefit all veteran business. Any veteran of the armed services who received an honorable discharge may apply and seek certification under the VBE Program. At least 51% of the business entity must be owned and controlled by a veteran. The business entity may employ 200 or fewer permanent full-time employees and may not exceed $5,000,000 in net worth and/or business investments. A copy of the DD-214 form issued by the United States Department of Defense is required.

Benefits of Certification

  • Access to sheltered market opportunities for only M-DCPS certified firms to compete for District contracts.
  • First-tier referrals to other M-DCPS departments.
  • Inclusion of your business in the exclusive M-DCPS directory of certified small, micro and M/WBE firms.
  • Easy Re-Certification Process.
  • Receive Opportunity Knocks – A monthly e-newsletter to aid in business development.

Business Development & Community Outreach

  • Various seminars and workshops on doing business with M-DCPS, certification and pre-qualification.
  • One-on-One technical assistance and phone support services.
  • Direct access to local business and economic development organizations to enhance your business.

Four Easy Steps for Certification

1. Register your business with Miami-Dade County Public Schools Procurement Management Services through the Vendor Application at

2. Complete the certification application electronically and submit the documents.

    3. OEO reviews and processes your completed on-line application. Once we determine your business is eligible for certification, we will email your certification letter and certificate.

4. Re-certify your business every three years through a simplified application.

Featured School Board Policies:

SB Policy 6320 Purchasing
SB Policy 6320.02
Small/Micro, Minority/Women -Owned, and Veteran Business Enterprise Programs
SB Policy 6320.05 Local-Vendor Preference


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