Certification

Register your business as a “Military Spouse Owned Enterprise” through our secure portal.

Why Register?

The Military Spouse Owned Enterprise certification gives military spouse owned businesses a seat at the table. We have worked very hard to build relationships with companies who want to hire, and support military spouse owned business. An official certification allows corporations to track supplier diversity spend with military spouse owned businesses.

The Benefits of your Certification

B2B Business Opportunities

Certified Military Spouse Owned Enterprises will receive notifications of business opportunities with companies who are looking to hire military spouse owned businesses for B2B services.

MSOE Badge

Recieve a Military Spouse Owned Enterprise badge for use on your website and branding materials to market your business to prospective clients.

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Marketing Exposure

Each approved Military Spouse Owned Enterprise will have the option to be featured on the Military Spouse Chamber’s blog and social media outlets. We want to create brand familiarity, and to recognize the hard work you’ve put into building your business.

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Credibility

Establish a positive reputation for your business. Being an offically registered entrprise will help you stand out among the competition, enhance credibility for your brand, and open windows of opportunity for you as an entrepreneur.

Who is a Military Spouse?

In the spirit of inclusivity, a military spouse is defined (outside the confines of federal entities) as a current or former partner of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, including Veterans, Guard, Reserves, Active Duty Service Members and Gold Star Spouses.

Eligibility

To become an official Military Spouse Owned Enterprise (MSOE) we need to make sure you’re a legally registered business, and owned by a military spouse. We individually review each application to ensure you meet all requirements for your business before we grant approval.

To be eligible for the Military Spouse Owned Enterprise certification, a business must:

  • Must be a registered member of the U.S. Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce.
  • Be a legally registered business according to the local, state, federal, Host Nation (if OCONUS), and military installation where the business is located.
  • Be at least 51% owned and operated by a U.S. military spouse, or jointly owned by two or more military spouses.
  • The military spouse must manage daily operations and be a primary decision-maker for the organization.

Secure Document Upload

Our top prioriyy is your security. You can rest assured our document upload portal is safe and secure, using technology for file storage approved for use of sensitive document upload and storage in the banking and medical industries. Once we’ve reviewed and approved your certification, we delete your documentation from our records. If you have questions or concerns about your document upload, reach out.

To be approved, we will need to see proof of business ownership including:

Required:

  • Articles of Incorporation (or similar)
  • Business Name Registration
  • Bylaws
  • Board of Directors and/or Advisors
  • Employee Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS
  • Professional and/or Business License Required by Law
  • Industry or Professional License if required
  • Operating Agreement and/or Statement of Ownership
  • Membership Agreement
  • Validation of Status as a Military Spouse
  • MSCC Statement of Fact
  • MSCC Data Agreement
  • Click here to download a printable application checklist, a sample operating agreement + all MSCC required documents

Optional:

  • Installation “Home Based Business” or “Private Organization” Approval Documentation  (For businesses located on military installations)
  • Host Nation Proof of Business Ownership (For businesses located OCONUS)

*This list is not all inclusive, each location requires different legal business registration requirements and your business may require more/less than what is listed above. Our Certifying Officer cross checks your provided documentation with local, state, federal, and OCONUS (if applicable) business registration and licensure requirements. Please provide business registration information required by your local area, and licensure required by your industry and profession.

*For your convenience, you may click here for a list of all Secretary of State websites to double check your local business registration requirements.

For questions, please contact jchapman@milspousechamber.org.