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SureCertify






Application Process
  1. The Certification approval can take up to 10 days.
  2. Before you begin the online application, you will need to register on the site.
  3. The processing of your application will begin once payment is received.
  4. When completing the application, feel free to take as long as needed.
  5. Your information will be saved for your next session and is completely confidential.
  6. Application and documents are reviewed for completeness.
  7. A virtual site visit is conducted (if applicable).
  8. The Certification  Committee will the review application.
  9. The Certification  Committee must approve the application before it can be submitted for final approval.
  10. When your application is approved, you will be notified by the Headquarters.
  11. If the Committee rejects your application, you may submit an appeal for correction.
  1. United States citizens or Global
  2. Minority businesses must that is minority–owned, managed and controlled. A minority group member is an individual who is  Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic or Native American. Minority eligibility is established via a combination of document reviews, screenings, interviews and site visits. Ownership, in the case of a publicly owned business, means that at least a percentage  of the stock is owned by one or more minority group members.
  3. Must be a for profit enterprise and physically located in the U. S. or its trust territories.
  4. Management and daily operations must be exercised by the minority ownership member(s).

An women-owned, minority-owned and emerging business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, controlled and managed by minority group members. “Minority group members” are U.S. citizens or global who are African-American, Latino-American, Native American, Asian-Pacific American or Asian-Indian American by birth and bloodline. “Ownership” by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, those minority group members control the governance of the business and manage its daily business operations.

___  Proof of U.S. Citizenship (copy of passport)
___  Proof of Ethnicity for Owner(s), Partners, Shareholders (copy of original birth certificates required)
___  Last Two Years of Federal Tax Returns (Business) *
___  Financial Statements (P&L , statement of cash flows, balance sheet) **
___  Applicable Operating Business License and/or permits
___  Lease Agreements
___  Bank Signature Card (copy signature card or letter from bank)
___  Proof of Bonding Capacity (if applicable)
___  Equipment Rental and Purchase Agreements (if applicable)
___  Equipment owned or available (include description of equipment, year acquired, and current value)
___  Contract or work history for the past three years (if applicable)
(name/contact type of work performed or type of contract received)
___  Indian/Native Americans Blood Degree Certificate (i.e. tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number) [if applicable]

FRANCHISES SUBMIT:

  • Franchise Agreement

PARTNERSHIPS SUBMIT: (If the company is a LLP or Ltd., applicants must submit the legal documents for all companies involved.  For example, if the GP is a LLC, the applicant must submit documents for the Partnership and the LLC)

  1. Articles of Partnership(for LLP|Ltd)
  2. Certificate of limited partnership or certificate of formation(for LLP|Ltd)
  3. Partnership Agreements (to include buy-out rights and profit sharing)
  4. Proof of Capital Investment (i.e. both side of cancelled checks, initial deposits, bank statements)
  5. Proof of Partnership purchase (i.e. both sides of cancelled checks, deposit slips, bank statements)

CORPORATIONS SUBMIT:

  1. Assumed Name Certificate (filed with the Secretary of State) (if applicable)
  2. Certificate of Corporation
  3. Article of Incorporation or Certificate of formation (stamped copy from the Secretary of State)
  4. Articles of Amendment or Certificate of Amendment (if applicable)
  5. Corporate Bylaws or Governing documents
  6. Proof of Capital Investment (i.e. both side of cancelled checks, equipment receipts, initial deposits, bank statements)
  7. Minutes of 1st Organizational Board Meeting
  8. Minutes of the last Board meeting
  9. Minutes of the last meeting where officers were elected
  10. Copies of both sides of all stock certificates issued (no specimen)
  11. Copies of both sides of the next consecutive stock certificate not issued
  12. Current Stock Ledger
  13. Proof of Stock purchase (i.e. both sides of cancelled checks, deposit slips, bank statements)
  14. Copy of the purchase or buy|sell agreement with the corresponding proof of payments)(if applicable)
  15. Copy of any stock options or other ownership options outstanding as well as agreements which restrict ownership or control of minority owners (if applicable)

LLCs SUBMIT:

  1. Assumed Name Certificate (filed with the Secretary of State) (if applicable)
  2. Certificate of organization
  3. Articles of Organization or Certificate of Formation (stamped copy from the Secretary of State)
  4. Articles of Amendment or Certificate of amendment (if applicable)
  5. Operating Agreement
  6. Proof of Capital Investment (i.e. both side of cancelled checks, equipment receipts, initial deposits, bank statements)
  7. Minutes of the organizational meeting or minutes of the meeting
  8. Minutes of the last meeting where managers or members were identified and elected
  9. Copy of both sides of all certificates of ownership issued (no specimen)
  10. Copy of both sides of next consecutive membership unit certificate not issued
  11. Copy of ownership transfer ledger or copy of membership transfer ledger
  12. Proof of unit purchase (i.e. both sides of cancelled checks, deposit slips, bank statements)
  13. Copy of the purchase or buy|sell agreement with the corresponding proof of payments)(if applicable)
  14. Copy of any membership unit options or other ownership options outstanding as well as agreements which restrict ownership or control of minority owners (if applicable)

An women-owned, minority-owned and emerging business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, controlled and managed by minority group members. “Minority group members” are U.S. citizens or global who are African-American, Latino-American, Native American, Asian-Pacific American or Asian-Indian American by birth and bloodline. “Ownership” by minority individuals means the business is at least 50% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 50% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, those minority group members control the governance of the business and manage its daily business operations.

Documents needed for Balance Qualifier
___  Proof of U.S. Citizenship (copy of passport) 
___  Proof of Ethnicity for Owner(s), Partners, Shareholders (copy of original birth certificates required
___  Last Two Years of Federal Tax Returns (Business) * 
___  Financial Statements (P&L , statement of cash flows, balance sheet) **
___  Applicable Operating Business License and/or permits 
___  Lease Agreements 
___  Bank Signature Card (copy signature card or letter from bank) 
___  Proof of Bonding Capacity (if applicable) 
___  Equipment Rental and Purchase Agreements (if applicable) 
___  Equipment owned or available (include description of equipment, year acquired, and current value) 
___  Contract or work history for the past three years (if applicable) (name/contact type of work performed or type of contract received) 
___  Indian/Native Americans Blood Degree Certificate (i.e. tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number) [if applicable]

An women-owned and minority-minority owned is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, controlled and managed by minority group members. “Minority group members” are U.S. citizens who are African-American, Latino-American, Native American, Asian-Pacific American or Asian-Indian American by birth and bloodline. “Ownership” by minority individuals means the business is at least 30% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 30% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, those minority group members control the governance of the business and manage its daily business operations.

Limited: Minority Controlled Firm.
VisionReady Globally Initiative affects only VR-certified firms that have an opportunity to grow their business globally
First, your business must be certified through an VisionReady before it can apply for the Global Initiative.
A minority business may be certified as a minority “controlled” enterprise if the minority owners own at least 30% of the economic equity* of the firm.  This occurs when non-minority institutional investors contribute a majority of the firm’s risk capital (equity).  Under this special circumstance, a business may be certified as a minority “controlled” firm if the following criteria are met:

  1. Minority management/owners control the day-to-day operations of the firm.
  2. Minority management/owners retain a majority (no less than 51%) of the firm’s “voting equity”.

Minority owner’s operationally control the board of directors (i.e., must appoint a majority of the Board of directors).

Emergent Qualifier
___  Copy of passport
___  Proof of Ethnicity for Owner(s), Partners, Shareholders (copy of original birth certificates required
___  Last Two Years of Federal Tax Returns (Business) * 
___  Financial Statements (P&L , statement of cash flows, balance sheet) **
___  Applicable Operating Business License and/or permits 
___  Lease Agreements 
___  Bank Signature Card (copy signature card or letter from bank) 
___  Proof of Bonding Capacity (if applicable) 
___  Equipment Rental and Purchase Agreements (if applicable) 
___  Equipment owned or available (include description of equipment, year acquired, and current value) 
___  Contract or work history for the past three years (if applicable) (name/contact type of work performed or type of contract received) 
___  Indian/Native Americans Blood Degree Certificate (i.e. tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number) [if applicable]

FRANCHISES SUBMIT:

  • Franchise Agreement

PARTNERSHIPS SUBMIT: (If the company is a LLP or Ltd., applicants must submit the legal documents for all companies involved.  For example, if the GP is a LLC, the applicant must submit documents for the Partnership and the LLC)

  1. Articles of Partnership(for LLP|Ltd)
  2. Certificate of limited partnership or certificate of formation(for LLP|Ltd)
  3. Partnership Agreements (to include buy-out rights and profit sharing)
  4. Proof of Capital Investment (i.e. both side of cancelled checks, initial deposits, bank statements)
  5. Proof of Partnership purchase (i.e. both sides of cancelled checks, deposit slips, bank statements)

CORPORATIONS SUBMIT:

  1. Assumed Name Certificate (filed with the Secretary of State) (if applicable)
  2. Certificate of Corporation
  3. Article of Incorporation or Certificate of formation (stamped copy from the Secretary of State)
  4. Articles of Amendment or Certificate of Amendment (if applicable)
  5. Corporate Bylaws or Governing documents
  6. Proof of Capital Investment (i.e. both side of cancelled checks, equipment receipts, initial deposits, bank statements)
  7. Minutes of 1st Organizational Board Meeting
  8. Minutes of the last Board meeting
  9. Minutes of the last meeting where officers were elected
  10. Copies of both sides of all stock certificates issued (no specimen)
  11. Copies of both sides of the next consecutive stock certificate not issued
  12. Current Stock Ledger
  13. Proof of Stock purchase (i.e. both sides of cancelled checks, deposit slips, bank statements)
  14. Copy of the purchase or buy|sell agreement with the corresponding proof of payments)(if applicable)
  15. Copy of any stock options or other ownership options outstanding as well as agreements which restrict ownership or control of minority owners (if applicable)

LLCs SUBMIT:

  1. Assumed Name Certificate (filed with the Secretary of State) (if applicable)
  2. Certificate of organization
  3. Articles of Organization or Certificate of Formation (stamped copy from the Secretary of State)
  4. Articles of Amendment or Certificate of amendment (if applicable)
  5. Operating Agreement
  6. Proof of Capital Investment (i.e. both side of cancelled checks, equipment receipts, initial deposits, bank statements)
  7. Minutes of the organizational meeting or minutes of the meeting
  8. Minutes of the last meeting where managers or members were identified and elected
  9. Copy of both sides of all certificates of ownership issued (no specimen)
  10. Copy of both sides of next consecutive membership unit certificate not issued
  11. Copy of ownership transfer ledger or copy of membership transfer ledger
  12. Proof of unit purchase (i.e. both sides of cancelled checks, deposit slips, bank statements)
  13. Copy of the purchase or buy|sell agreement with the corresponding proof of payments)(if applicable)
  14. Copy of any membership unit options or other ownership options outstanding as well as agreements which restrict ownership or control of minority owners (if applicable)