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Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOB/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. Public Law (P.L.) 109-461 gives the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authority to give additional preferences in contracting with Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

For non-VA contracts, SDVOSBs may self-certify their status by completing the Representations and Certifications in SAM 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 Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business status.

Veteran-Owned and SDVOSBs wishing to benefit from the VA’s unique contracting authority must register with the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) and agree to have their Veteran or Service Disabled Veteran status verified by the VA.

Guide to the process

Watch the latest Virginia PTAP Webinar on CVE certification process

Website: Formerly vetbiz.gov, now http://www.va.gov/osdbu/

Resource Link: https://www.va.gov/osdbu/docs/vaVerificationGuide.pdf

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Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

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On 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://certify.sba.gov/

Resource Link: https://www.sba.gov/contracting/government-contracting-programs/women-owned-small-businesses

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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

Resource Link: http://www.sba.gov/content/disadvantaged-businesses

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