Small & Local Business Enterprise Office

The mission of the Small and Local Business Enterprise Office (S/LBE) is to create economic opportunity by certifying the availability of the following entities to the City of Boston:
- Small & Local Business Enterprise (SLBE)
- Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
- Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
- Veteran Owned Small Business Enterprise (VOSBE)*.
The S/LBE office advocates on behalf of these businesses to help them compete successfully for City contracts as well as in the Boston area's economy as a whole.

*Veteran Owned Businesses must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

SLBE / MWBE Directory Search

You may search our directory by keyword, SLBE or MWBE status or by category to find small, local, minority and women owned business enterprises in Boston.

Access Directory

If you are a local business and would like to add or update your information, please notify us.

Application

Instructions

Using this one application, a company may apply for certification as a Small Business Enterprise, Small Local Business Enterprise, Minority Business Enterprise and Woman Business Enterprise. The definitions for each business status appear on page 8 of the application.

Submit the completed application, along with the required documents from the checklist (page 2 of the application), to the Small and Local Business Enterprise Office.

On the application, you will be required to enter codes relating to the type of goods and/or services provided by the applicant. This website displays the 3 separate listings of codes required to complete this form. They are Category Codes, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes, and Commodity Codes. These lists should not be printed out and submitted with the application.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) was created through the cooperation and collaboration of committees from the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This classification system replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (1987) of the United States.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has assigned size standards to the NAICS codes. The City of Boston Small and Local Business Enterprise Office uses the SBA size standards to determine if an applicant qualifies for Small Business Enterprise certification. The applicant may select up to three (3) of the codes that best describe the services the company performs, and write the codes in the spaces provided on page 7 of the application. It is not necessary to print this list and submit it with the application.

Category Index List

This is a list of services that have been assigned code letters. The applicant may select up to three (3) of the codes that best describe the services the company performs, and write the codes in the spaces provided on the application.  It is not necessary to print this list and submit it with the application.

Commodity Codes

This is a list of commodities, or goods, that have been assigned code numbers. If the applicant is a supplier or distributor, he/she may select up to five (5) codes that best describe the products supplied by the company, and write the codes in the spaces provided on page 7 of the application.  It is not necessary to print this list and submit it with the application.

City Record Subscription Form

The City Record is a PDF that lists advertisements for all open City of Boston bids. You can pay for a one-year subscription to a publication by mail, view the PDF online, or see a list of current bids at the Purchasing Division's web page.


For more information or assistance with any of the forms, please contact the Small and Local Business Enterprise Office.

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