Certification Program

Why Should My Company Be Certified?

  1. The certification program can give your company a competitive edge when bidding on County procurement/contracts. As a Certified County Based Enterprise you receive bid credits for County funded contracts. Why? Because Wayne County is committed to encouraging and rewarding businesses that contribute to the county's economy.
  2. As a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) you are eligible to participate in the SBE program, operated by the Wayne County Purchasing Division. This program endeavors to foster small-business development by designating commodities and/or projects to SBE bidders only. This process provides Certified SBEs an equal opportunity to compete for contracts with much larger vendors.
  3. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is a federal program established by the United States Department of Transportation. Government agencies (like Wayne County) receiving at least $250,000 in direct federal transportation funding are required to establish a DBE program, which targets historically disadvantaged groups/women. Agencies are required to set a DBE benchmark (federal goal is 10 percent), thus an effort to utilize DBE Certified Vendors. Prime contractors are also required to partner with DBEs. An example of such agencies is the Wayne County Airport Authority and Michigan Department of Transportation.
  4. Once your company is certified with Wayne County, you are added within your commodity/product to the Wayne County Purchasing Division's Direct Solicitation List. In addition, being certified entitles the vendor to an array of ancillary services.

Note: Being proactive and becoming certified in any of the three certifications (with Wayne County) can place you a step ahead of the competition in the procurement process. Being certified helps your company get prepared when opportunities arise.


How Can I do business with Wayne County?

A vital part of the overall certification process is making sure your company is FEP compliant. Fair Employment Practice compliance is mandated by the Wayne County Charter and enforced by the Human Relations Division. All Wayne County contractors and subcontractors must be FEP compliant prior to the award of any contract over $50,000 and $100,000 for construction. It is the responsibility of the prime contractor to ensure their subcontractors are FEP compliant. Visit Wayne County's new Vendor Management System to apply for certifications

FEP applications are available after registering and activating the company's profile with Human Relation's Vendor Management System. In an effort to better serve vendors may be certified up to three years, once a company receives its FEP certificate, a copy must be submitted with every bid. 

“The certification process is now fully automated!  All Wayne County certification applications are now received electronically by the Human Relations Division. “

How Do I Get Certified?

The certification process is now fully automated! All Wayne County certification applications are now received electronically by the Human Relations Division.

Step1. Register your business with Vendor Management.
Go to www.waynecounty.com “Click” on Businesses, and then “click” on “Doing Business with Wayne County”. You are now at Vendor Management, ready to register. Registration should take only a few minuets to complete. You will have to activate your account using the temporaryy password you are given in your confirmation email. Once you have activated your account you can access the on line certification applications.

Step2. Log in to Vendor Management System and complete the application(s) that apply to your firm. Make sure you have attached all supporting documents before you submit your completed application.

Step3. Save your “receipt” confirmation email verifying your application was successfully submitted. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing your application.

As a registered vendor you can monitor the processing of your application using Vendor Management.

For questions on certifications,
please contact Human Relations: (313) 224-5021


What are the Benefits of Registering with Vendor Management?

The Human Relations Vendor Management System allows firms to:

  • Apply and reapply for all Wayne County vendor certifications (FEP, CBE, TGCE, SBE, EBE, M/WBE and DBE annual affidavits)
  • Access an electronic version of your Wayne County certificate, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. You never have to request a copy of your lost certificate again!
  • Monitor the status of submitted application(s)
  • Receive reminder email notification before your certification expires.
  • Manage and update your company profile. You can update information about your company and commodity classifications instantly!

Launch Vendor Management

For questions on certifications,
please contact Human Relations: (313) 224-5021
Zenna Faraj Elhasan
Director of Corporation Counsel
(313) 224-5030

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