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Geographically Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

screenshot of a map of Michigan with GDBE relevant locations highlighted in green
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Geographically Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

About Geographically Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

Geographically Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, also known as GDBE, was defined in Executive Directive 2019-8 as a Michigan based business located in low-income communities and underutilized business areas throughout Michigan.


GDBE Eligibility Requirements

Businesses must be headquartered in Michigan and meet one of the following qualifying criteria:

Located in a Qualified Opportunity Zone

The business is located in a Michigan Qualified Opportunity Zone, (QOZ) or a majority of their employees either work in or reside in a QOZ.  Vendors can use the QOZ map to verify if a business is located in a Michigan QOZ.

Michigan's Opportunity Zones Map (MSHDA)


The business is certified as a Michigan HUBZone business with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Learn More on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Website

Adding GDBE Business Types in SIGMA VSS Questions

If you need assistance with adding GDBE business types to your SIGMA VSS account, contact the State of Michigan (SIGMA VSS) Support Center:

If you have questions about the content of this page, please contact:

GDBE Business Types in SIGMA Vendor Self Service (VSS)

Vendors that meet the eligibility requirements need to add the applicable business types to their SIGMA VSS profile.

The GDBE business types are outlined on the Business Types page.