Women business Enterprises (WBE)
Woman Business Enterprise is an independent business concern that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or Legal Resident Aliens; whose business formation and principal place of business are in the US or its territories, and whose management and daily operation is controlled by one or more of the women owners.
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
Minority‑Owned Businesses (Non-government Definitions) is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. "Minority group members" are United States citizens who are African-American, Hispanic-American (with origins from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, South or Central America); Native American (American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut, native Hawaiian), Asian-Pacific American (with origins from Japan, China, the Pillippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, Norther Mariana Islands, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan or the Indian subcontinent). 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, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.
Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE)
Disadvantaged BusinessEnterprise, refers to minority ownership, sometimes includes disabled and residents of economically depressed areas; depending on governing legislation, may or may not include white women.
8(a) Business Development Program
A 8(a) firm is a small business concern participating in SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program.