Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB/SDVOB)

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The Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 allows Federal contracting officers to restrict competition to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), and award a sole source or set-aside contract where certain criteria are met. Certified veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) have additional opportunities to pursue sole-source and set-aside contracts at the Veterans Administration (VA) under the VA’s Vets First program.

Section 862 of the NDAA 2021 amended the VOSB/SDVOSB requirements to transfer responsibility for certification of VOSBs and SDVOSBs to the SBA as of January 1, 2023 and created a certification requirement at SBA for SDVOSBs seeking sole source and set-aside contracts across the Federal Government. SBA will implement the new Veteran Small Business Certification Program in a new 13 CFR part 128. Self-certified firms seeking these restricted-competition opportunities must apply to SBA for certification by December 31, 2023. Additional background and analysis can be found in the final rule here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/11/29/2022-25508/veteran-owned-small-business-and-service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-business-certification

 

Historical (before SBA took over) Guide to the certification process

Verification Program Leaflet dated 3.17.2021

Attend the next Virginia PTAC Webinar on the SDVOSB certification process

Website: Formerly vetbiz.gov, now https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/veteran-contracting-assistance-programs

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Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

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Women owned small businessOn October 7, 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration published a final rule effective February 4, 2011, aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible:

  • Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or
  • Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs)

To be eligible, a firm must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women. The women must be U.S. citizens. The firm must be “small” in its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards for that industry. In order for a WOSB to be deemed “economically disadvantaged,” its owners must demonstrate economic disadvantage in accordance with the requirements set forth in the final rule.

For certification application information and instructions, visit the SBA’s WOSB webpage:

https://www.sba.gov/contracting/government-contracting-programs/women-owned-small-businesses or https://wosb.certify.sba.gov/

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Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)

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On October 3, 2008 an interim final rule was published in the Federal Register stating that small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals may self-certify its status as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB). There is a presumption that individuals belonging to the following groups are socially disadvantaged: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; Asian Pacific Americans; and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Others that feel they have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American society because of their identities as members of groups, and without regard to their individual qualities, may also qualify.

The self-certification is done by completing the Reps & Certs section within the SAM website www.sam.gov, or by completing a questionnaire sent by a prime contractor. The business’s SAM registration and Small Business Profile (aka Dynamic Small Business Search) registration should also reflect the small disadvantaged business status.

Website: https://www.sba.gov/contracting/government-contracting-programs/small-disadvantaged-businesses

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