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Business Certification Assistance

Do you qualify for more opportunities?

Business certifications will give members a competitive advantage when doing business with the government and Corporate America. Procuring agencies have the authority to set acquisitions aside for businesses with these certifications. Members will benefit from one or multiple certifications, based on their business plan. A certification specialist will provide application assistance for federal, state and local government certifications, as well as national certifications.

The following are some of the certifications that will benefit eligible members:

8(a) Business Development Program (8a)

The 8(a) BD certification provides business assistance to small disadvantaged businesses. The program is divided into two phases over nine years: 4-year developmental stage and 5-year transition stage. This is a business development plan designated by the SBA to build disadvantaged small businesses with strategic resources (i.e. 8(a) Mentor Protégé Program and others) over a 9-year period to compete with non-disadvantaged businesses at the conclusion of their participation.

Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone)

The HUBZone certification helps small businesses in urban and rural communities, predetermined by the SBA to be located within a Historically Underutilized Business Zone, gain preferential access to set-aside HUBZone procurement opportunities.

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

The Women-Owned Small Business certification enables woman-owned small businesses to compete for federal contracting opportunities set aside by procurement agencies for women-owned small businesses.

Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)

The Economically-Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business certification enables women-owned small businesses that are at an economic disadvantage to compete for federal contracting opportunities set aside by procurement agencies for women-owned small businesses that are at an economic disadvantage.

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

The Veteran-Owned Small and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business certifications give veterans a competitive advantage with procurement opportunities that are set aside for veteran-owned and/or service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

The Minority Business Enterprise certification is a national certification that helps minority business owners complete for procurement opportunities in corporate America. Major corporations and many state or local government entities generally accept the certification. There are no small business size standards for this certification.

Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

The Women Business Enterprise certification is a national certification that helps minority business owners complete for procurement opportunities in corporate America. Major corporations and many state or local government entities generally accept the certification. There are no small business size standards for this certification.