is the Uniform Certification Agency?
What is Certification?
How to Apply for Certification
Benefits of UCA Certification
Services Provided to Members
What is the Uniform
Certification Agency (UCA) was formed in 1994 under the
auspices of the Mid-South Minority Business Council.
The UCA was formed
to reduce the time and paperwork required for minorities, women
and locally owned small businesses to become certified; and to reduce
the cost and burden of certification for
Certification through the UCA is accepted
all MMBC Corporate Members.
For a list of
contact the UCA at (901) 525-6512.
Certification is a qualifying process that ensures the corporate
buyer that an individual business is truly minority/woman/local
small business owned and controlled.
is important for three reasons:
helps to weed out "false front" operations taking
advantage of loopholes in the law.
totally eliminates the need to have your buyers
screen suppliers to determine minority/woman/local
small business ownership and control.
complies with federal regulations, which require the
provision of subcontracting opportunity for
minority-owned business under Public Law and other
certification process requires a thorough investigation
of a company's operations including, but not limited to:
financial statements, by-laws, charter, stock
certificates, lease agreements, salaries of owners, number of
employees, licenses/authorities, etc.
undergoes a personal interview with a member of the Uniform
Certification Agency's staff and may receive a site visit. Minority
firms certified under guidelines developed jointly by
the MMBC and UCA in accordance with federal regulations (49 CFR).
of a supplier for certification does not necessarily
mean the business is not minority/woman owned and
controlled. Failure of a business to become certified
means the applicant has failed to meet the criteria established
by the UCA, its Board of Directors and federal regulations (49 CFR).
How to Apply for
A UCA Application may be
obtained by downloading the UCA Application Form and print or call (901) 525-6512 and request
that an application be faxed or mailed.
The completed application must be notarized and submitted with other
requested documentation as outlined in the application.
LSB Application Form
A Local Small Business (LSB) is defined as a
business which is located in Shelby County, Tennessee, whose average
gross annual sales in the last three years are less than SIC
category limits for the contractor SIC code found in 13 CFR, Part
121.601, and which is at least 51percent owned, operated
and controlled by a resident or residents of the Metropolitan
Statistical Area. Local Small Businesses must obtain and renew
certification of their classification annually.
Please Note: The Local Small Business
Certification granted by the Uniform Certification Agency is only
recognized by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division. Minority or
Woman-Owned businesses seeking certification should apply for
certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) or Woman
Business Enterprise (WBE). These certifications are also recognized
by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.
PLEASE NOTE: The M/WBE application provides the
opportunity to seek certification as a Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise (DBE) for federally funded projects
through the Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority
(MSCAA) and the Memphis Area Transit Authority
(MATA). DBE Certification is optional. Applicants who
do not wish to seek DBE Certification must submit
the Non-DBE Affidavit, notarized, along with the UCA Application
and required documents. The completed application will consist
of the UCA Application along with the DBE Documents or the Non-DBE
Affidavit and all required documents based on the structure of the
company. If you have questions regarding the application you
may call: (901) 525-6512
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Companies certified by the Uniform Certification Agency are certified
for a period of one year. Certified companies wishing to maintain
their certification status must submit Annual Affidavit Updates
on a yearly basis. This annual update must be submitted thirty
(30) days prior to the expiration date shown on the MBE/WBE/DBE/LSB
certificate. This is a must to avoid interruption in your
company’s current certification. You may obtain access to All Recertification Applications. This document must be completed,
signed and notarized and returned to the Uniform Certification Agency
along with the company’s most recent Tax Return and most current
Please return this paperwork
P. O. Box 3060, Memphis, TN 38173
For Courier and/or Overnight Deliveries:
Avenue, Suite 300, Memphis, TN 38103
Benefits of UCA Certification
through the UCA provides your company immediate access to state,
local and federal governments, as well as major corporations.
is a one-stop shop for certification. UCA
certification is accepted by participating agencies
and most local and state agencies.
assures governments and/or corporations that those purchasing
dollars earmarked for minority or woman owned businesses indeed
go to minority or woman owned businesses.
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Provided to Members
Mid-South Minority Business Council provides a
Minority/Woman-Owned Business Directory to major
corporations and governmental agencies nationwide.
This electronic directory outlines detailed information on certified
minority and woman owned businesses across the country, and
is updated daily.
business owners will have access to bid and proposal requests
from local, state, and federal agencies as well as major corporations.
and technical assistance is also provided to certified business
owners via the Technical Assistance and Developmental Pool (TADP) .
and workshops which provide information and critical thinking
for the growth and development of small businesses.
Buyers/purchasing agents* can immediately expand their database of
qualified suppliers by accessing the UCA database
(available on-line and in hard copy format).
* Corporate members of MMBC and UCA
interested in becoming Corporate Sponsors of the Uniform
Certification Agency may contact us at (901) 525-6512.