Are you a small business owner who also happens to be a veteran? Is your LLC or Corporation owned predominantly (51% or more) by a veteran or veterans? If either scenario matches your company, you may want to look into certifying your small business with the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB).
Certifying your small business as veteran owned can open opportunities for specific government contracts. Every year the federal government awards a percentage of contracting dollars to businesses owned by veterans. A Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) may benefit even greater (up to 3% of government contracts are set aside for these businesses). There are other benefits as well, such as the addition of government surplus property to your company. Certified veteran-owned small businesses also have opportunities to apply for sole-source and set-aside contracts with the Department of Veterans Affairs (The VA).
The certification application can be started online https://veterans.certify.sba.gov/. Through the portal, you can access checklists, pre application guides, and confirm your VOSB eligibility. You can create an account and start the application process. You can also search for other certified veteran owned businesses. Reach out to the toll-free call center at 800-862-8088 if you have any questions about veteran owned companies.
To apply for certification with SBA as a VOSB or SDVOSB, a firm must meet the following requirements:
For a full list of veteran owned business eligibility requirements, see the final rule published in the Federal Register.
I encourage all veteran owned small businesses to take advantage of the SBA as an additional resource for information and to apply for certification. The web page is www.sba.gov. You can also visit your local SBA office or call 1-800-827-5722 for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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