Targeted Small Business (TSB) Certification Web Site

Welcome to the Targeted Small Business (TSB) certification web site. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) certifies businesses owned, operated, and actively managed by women, minority group members, or persons with disabilities as targeted small businesses. Certified TSBs are eligible to apply for low-interest loans and equity grants through the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED). State purchasing officers also consider TSBs when seeking bids for state-purchased goods and services.

In order to become a certified TSB, the individual's 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 group member, or a person with a disability.

Through this web site, individuals may obtain application forms to begin the certification process. All applicants for certification must complete the general application form; contractors and corporations must also complete an application form specific to their business operations. 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 with web-enabled browsers may fill out an online application and print a copy to be mailed to the Department's TSB Certification Program.

Applications for initial certification or recertification must be mailed to the Department, 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 to interested individuals and owners of certified TSBs 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) 281-5796, or send an e-mail to

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

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
Targeted Small Business Certification Program
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0083