(A) Upon application with the equal opportunity division of the department of administrative services, a business certified in any of the following may be certified by the division as an EDGE certified business, provided the business and the business owner meet the social and economic threshold requirements set forth in rule 123:2-16-02 of the Administrative Code:
(1) State of Ohio historically underutilized businesses
(2) Disadvantaged business enterprises ( 49CFR part 26 )
(3) Businesses certified under other public contract assistance programs that the director of administrative services determines are certified in programs that require social and economic disadvantage thresholds equivalent to the EDGE program established pursuant to section 123.152 of the Revised Code . United States citizens and residents of Ohio must own the business.
(B) A business applying for certification under this section shall initiate and submit a form from the appropriate certification entity demonstrating certification in that program. A business shall provide social and economic threshold information for certification in the particular program, upon request by the equal opportunity division of the department of administrative services.. In addition, the applying business must submit an "expedited certification" application on a form provided by the division and in the manner prescribed by the division.
(C) A business applying for certification under this section shall provide all information requested by the equal opportunity division of the department of administrative services. Failure to provide requested information may lead to disapproval of the application.
(D) The equal opportunity division of the department of administrative services shall have a right to conduct on-site inspections and investigations at any location of a business seeking certification pursuant to rule 123:2-16-03 of the Administrative Code. The division shall give appropriate notice.
(E) The EDGE certification issued pursuant to this section shall not exceed two years from the date of certification.