Rule Rule 123-200-1210
Minorities, Women and Service Disabled Veterans Certification — Determination of Socially and Economically Disadvantaged


It is a rebuttable presumption that minorities, women, and service-disabled veterans are socially and economically disadvantaged.


The COBID may also determine on a case-by-case basis other individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged. These individuals claiming disadvantaged status are required to submit a socially and economically Disadvantaged Questionnaire administered by COBID.


Socially disadvantaged individuals are people subject to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as members of a group without regard to individual qualities.


The social disadvantage must stem from the individual’s color, national origin, gender, physical handicap, long-term residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society, or other similar cause beyond the individual’s control.


The applicant must demonstrate:


He or she personally suffered the disadvantage because of treatment in the United States; and


The disadvantage was chronic, long-standing, and substantial, and was not fleeting or insignificant.


Social disadvantage does not include factors common to small business.
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