Small Business Information
State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) certification expands the market opportunities of Minority Business Enterprises and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises by certifying their eligibility to participate in affirmative business opportunity programs throughout the state.
Certification is the process by which SOMWBA reviews and investigates applicants who seek to participate in affirmative business opportunities to determine that they meet the requirements of state and federal statutes and regulations. SOMWBA certifies companies for both State and Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification programs.
As an advocate of minority and women-owned business development, equal opportunity is a basic philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Our Purchasing Department guides and supports the University's ongoing commitment to encourage business opportunities and diversity among its vendors.
Vendors should keep the University informed of their proper business size, ownership category, and products or services offered. To update your University information, please fax the completed Vendor Information Form and a copy of your SOMWBA certificate to 508-856-4866.