(A) Upon application with EOD, a business certified in any of the following may be certified by EOD in the EDGE business development program, as an EDGE business enterprise provided the business and the fifty-one per cent owner or owners meet the social and economic threshold requirements set forth in rule 123:2-16-02 and the business structure requirements set forth in rule 123:2-16-03 of the Administrative Code:
(1) Businesses certified under other public contract assistance programs that EOD determines meet or exceed the social and economic disadvantage thresholds of the EDGE program established pursuant to section 123.152 of the Revised Code and the business is at least fifty-one per cent owned and controlled by a United States citizen or citizens that are full-time resident or residents of Ohio; and have been certified with other public contract assistance programs for at least one year prior to application for EDGE certification.
(B) Businesses applying for certification under this section shall submit a current valid certification 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 EOD. In addition, the applying business must submit an unified application as provided by EOD and in the manner prescribed by EOD.
(C) A business applying for certification under this section shall provide all information requested by EOD. Failure to provide requested information may result in disapproval of the application.
(D) EOD shall have the right to conduct on-site inspections and investigations at any location or locations of a business seeking certification pursuant to rule 123:2-16-03 of the Administrative Code. EOD shall give appropriate notice.
(E) The state equal employment opportunity coordinator may determine the length of the EDGE certification issued pursuant to this section, however, no certification shall exceed two years from the date of certification, provided that the EDGE business enterprise remains in compliance with all EDGE program rules and is not decertified pursuant to rule 123:2-16-06 of the Administrative Code.
(F) Upon the expiration of the initial expedited certification, a business certified pursuant to this section shall complete a unified application pursuant to rule 123:2-16-02 and 123:2-16-03 of the Administrative Code and shall submit all required supporting documentation and meet all requirements of certification for continued certification.