A joint venture is a commercial collaboration in which two or more separate businesses — one of whom must be certified already by either the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program or the Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program — legally join together for the purpose of obtaining a specific contract or undertaking a specific transaction, while at the same time remaining independent. Generally each member of a joint venture shares the risks of, has an interest in, and contributes assets to, the joint venture. Joint ventures can be formed in order to submit bids or proposals for a contract in any applicable procurement category (i.e., professional services, goods and services, or information technology services). An MBE-certified business cannot participate in a joint venture who submits bids or proposals for construction, architecture or engineering projects.
To have the joint venture certified either into the MBE or EDGE program, the joint venture must be controlled by the certified business owner. In addition, the certified business owner must have an interest in the capital, assets, and profits and losses of the joint venture at least proportionate to their capital in the venture, but the interest must be at least 51 percent for MBE or 30 percent for EDGE.
To obtain MBE or EDGE certification of a joint venture, the applicant must complete an online application through the Ohio Business Gateway. In addition, the applicant must submit a copy of the Joint Venture Agreement to email@example.com . Among other things, the Joint Venture Agreement must include the following:
(For a comprehensive list of the items that the Joint Venture Agreement must contain, please click here for MBE and click here for EDGE.)
Upon receipt and review of the Joint Venture Agreement, EOD may require an on-site review by a state compliance officer.
Steps for Joint Venture
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