The Office of Business Enterprise, otherwise known and referred to as the Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO), was created in the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) by Chapter 135 of the Public Acts of 1977, codified as Section §4-26-101 et seq.
BERO serves as a voice for and advocate of disadvantaged businesses (DBE) statewide. For the purposes of BERO, DBE refers to businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans. It also refers to businesses operating in remote or rural areas of the state. BERO is also tasked to analyze, disseminate and promote best practices and access to capital to service providers as well as report on the status of DBEs across in the state.