In order to be eligible for certification as an MBE, a disabled individual would first need to demonstrate 51% of the ownership and control of the business as well as the management of the daily business operations of the business. A disabled individual would also need to establish social and economic disadvantage. This can be done by the demonstration of physical or mental disability. A physically or mentally disabled individual under Maryland’s MBE law would include a person who has an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, who is generally regarded by the community as having such a disability, and whose disability has substantially limited the ability to engage in competitive business.
Certification of businesses as an MBE can be a viable tool for developing and maintaining business relationships and opportunities. A disabled individual that owns a business and desires certification as an MBE in Maryland may want to consider obtaining legal advice concerning eligibility requirements for MBE certification prior to applying for the certification.