Targeted Small Business (TSB) Certification Web Site

Welcome to the Targeted Small Business (TSB) certification web site. The Iowa Economic Development Authority certifies businesses owned, operated, and actively managed by women, minority persons, and individuals with disabilities or service-connected disabled veterans as targeted small businesses. State purchasing officers consider TSBs when seeking bids for state-purchased goods and services.

In order to become a certified TSB, the business must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be located in the State of Iowa;
  • Be operated for a profit;
  • Have a gross income of less than $4.0 million computed as an average of the preceding three fiscal years, and
  • Be owned, operated, and actively managed by a female, a minority person, a person with a disability or a service-connected disabled veteran.

Through this web site, individuals may obtain application forms to begin the certification process. Individuals with web-enabled browsers may fill out an online application and print a copy to be mailed to the Authority's TSB Certification Program. If the applicant is a person with a disability, the application must contain written verification that the individual is eligible to receive services from either the Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation Division, or from the Department for the Blind, OR a physician's statement attesting to the nature of the applicant's disability. Individuals applying for TSB certification as a service-connected disabled veteran must provide proof of a service-connected disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Department of Defense.

Applications for initial certification or recertification must be mailed to the Authority along with the appropriate processing fee ($25 for initial certification and $15 for recertification). Be sure to include all the specified documentation as part of the application packet, including tax information. Failure to provide the required documents may result in a delay processing the certification application.

Additional resources available through this web site include links to small business-related sites and the Department's administrative rules governing the certification process. Individuals with questions about the certification process should contact the Department's Targeted Small Business Certification Program at (515) 725-3132, or send an e-mail to TSB Certification Project Manager,

All applications and fees should be mailed to the following address:

Iowa Economic Development Authority
Targeted Small Business Certification Program
200 East Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309