Whether it’s DBE, MBE, WBE, or SBE… applying for certifications with the State of North Carolina or the City of Charlotte can be confusing. We will quickly run down the different certification programs for small and underutilized businesses. These programs are designed to increase participation on federal, state, and locally funded projects by underutilized businesses.
Late last year, I attended an community meeting where the neighborhood association president and long time Charlotte resident, asked me to take a look at a letter she received. From the face of the envelope, I could tell the letter was a City zoning notice. She handed the wrinkled, weathered and torn open envelope to me. I unfolded the letter inside. Near the top of the page, there was a small map with her street name and a few symbols, underneath was a short paragraph with one or two sentences on the types of land uses allowed in the area. She asked me what it all meant.