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Small Business Certification

Become a Certified Small Business

Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees and annual gross revenues equal to or less than $25,000,000 are eligible to be ‘certified small’ by the Small Business Association of Michigan. This certification can help set your business apart in the marketplace and add credibility to your name and/or brand.

Once Certified Small by SBAM you will receive a certificate, a window/door cling and a logo for use on your organization website and in your email signature.

Questions? Contact Sherry Bryan, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Certification

Contact Sherry Bryan

How to Become Certified

Certification Costs

Certification Application Fee​

  • $100 processing charge for all applicants, including Starter, Basic, Premium and VIP members
  • FREE for SBAM Elite members

Certificate Fee

  • FREE for SBAM Basic, Premium, VIP and Elite members
  • $229 for Starter members and non-members

Get Certified in 2 Simple Steps

1. Purchase and complete your application.

2. Attach required documentation and submit.

  • Copy of your Articles of Incorporation
  • Copies of any tax documents showing your gross annual revenue for the past three years (no profit/loss documents please) OR,
  • A signed statement from your accountant on their company letterhead providing your past three years gross annual revenue amounts, and notarized by a Notary Public. Statement must include gross annual revenue amounts and be notarized to be accepted.
Purchase Application

How has this helped your business?

“…this certification has helped validate my organization.”

“The Small Business Association of Michigan created a simple process for becoming a certified small business. After answering the on line questionnaire and providing support materials, they reached out with further questions and upon satisfactory responses, they awarded Lisa Fisher Associates the Small Business Certification.  They provided a logo for my email signature along with the window decals and certificate. Owning and operating a business that is not recognized as a Franchise or larger company, this certification has helped validate my organization.”

Lisa Fisher
Speaker | Trainer | Coach of Lisa Fisher Associates

Certification Partner

Enbridge is committed to utilizing Michigan small businesses for its procurement needs. Certified Small Businesses will receive details on the various opportunities available from Enbridge.

“Michigan’s economic engine is small business—the State’s largest job provider, in fact—and we support SBAM’s work to bolster economic development by connecting members with large vendor and supplier procurement interests, such as Enbridge,” said Mike Moeller, Enbridge director, Great Lakes Region. “We share SBAM’s dedication to growing Michigan’s economy and creating prosperity for the State’s hardworking entrepreneurs, business owners, employees, and families.”

Enbridge Opportunities

Other Opportunities for Certified Small Businesses

Did you know that Consumers Energy is also a customer for many small businesses in Michigan? As the state’s largest combined utility company, we sourced $2.24B in 2020 for materials and services and we spend with Michigan-based businesses whenever possible. In fact, we have a commitment to Pure Michigan Business Connect to direct $1.5B each year to Michigan-based businesses. Interested in becoming a supplier?  Visit us at www.consumersenergy.com/company/become-a-supplier. If you’re one of the growing number of businesses who are small-business certified by SBAM, share your certificate during registration. We’ll take special notice!