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What is the Uniform Certification Agency?
What is Certification?
How to Apply for Certification
Benefits of UCA Certification
Services Provided to Members
Certification Application


What is the Uniform Certification Agency?

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 Corporate Members. Certification through the UCA is accepted all MMBC Corporate Members. For a list of Corporate Members, contact the UCA at (901) 525-6512.


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What is Certification?

Certification is a qualifying process that ensures the corporate buyer that an individual business is truly minority/woman/local small business owned and controlled.

Certification is important for three reasons:

  1. It helps to weed out "false front" operations taking advantage of loopholes in the law.

  2. It totally eliminates the need to have your buyers screen suppliers to determine minority/woman/local small business ownership and control.

  3. It complies with federal regulations, which require the provision of subcontracting opportunity for minority-owned business under Public Law and other executive orders.

The 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.

Each applicant 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).

Rejection 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 Certification

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 financial statement.   

 Please return this paperwork to:
The Uniform Certification Agency
 P. O. Box 3060, Memphis, TN   38173

 For Courier and/or Overnight Deliveries:
The Uniform Certification Agency
158 Madison Avenue, Suite 300, Memphis, TN  38103 

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 Benefits of UCA Certification

  • Certification through the UCA provides your company immediate access to state, local and federal governments, as well as major corporations.

  • UCA is a one-stop shop for certification. UCA certification is accepted by participating agencies and most local and state agencies.

  • Certification assures governments and/or corporations that those purchasing dollars earmarked for minority or woman owned businesses indeed go to minority or woman owned businesses.

  • Assigned Specialist

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Services Provided to Members

  • The 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.

  • Certified business owners will have access to bid and proposal requests from local, state, and federal agencies as well as major corporations.

  • Management and technical assistance is also provided to certified business owners via the Technical Assistance and Developmental Pool (TADP) .

  • Seminars 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 only

Corporations interested in becoming Corporate Sponsors of the Uniform Certification Agency may contact us at (901) 525-6512.




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