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Gain Access to Government Contracting Via Government Small Business Certifications

Small businesses can gain access to contracting success via the government’s Small Business Certifications programs.

How certifications can help grow your business?

Business certifications are vital tools for businesses in every sectors of the economy as they can help you grow your business as a small, minority, or women owned business wishing to do business with larger corporations, local, state, and federal government.

Certification can – significantly – help your business gain access to government contracts.

So whether you are just starting a business or your company is already established, you can drastically benefit from certain state and federal “set aside” contracts.

Here is a quick Matrix developed by VACC Procurement Research Team using data and facts from local, state, and federal agencies’ websites which contain some of the most recognized types of business certifications that might fit your enterprise.

If you have any questions on any of the Small-Women-Minority Business Certification categories listed below, please contact one of the listed agencies or an experienced VACC Procurement Assistance Specialists for counseling and assistance.

 Reference Table

SMALL BUSINESS CERTIFICATION MATRIX

Source: VACC Research Division; City of Richmond, Virginia, Department of Small Business and Supply Diversity; U.S. Small Business Administration.

Certification Name

Administered by

Type of Contracting

Doing Business with Which Organization Type

Small Business (SWaM)

State of Virginia

VA Dept of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

Prime contractor or subcontractor

Local, State agency, Large or medium size companies

Woman-owned Small Business (SWaM)

State of Virginia

VA Dept of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

Prime contractor or subcontractor

Local, State agency, Large or medium size companies

Self Certification as Minority -owned Small Business (SWaM)

State of Virginia

VA Dept of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

Prime contractor or subcontractor

Local, State agency, Large or medium size companies

8(a) Minority and Disadvantaged Businesses

Small Business Administration

Prime contractor or subcontractor

Federal agency, department, or organization

Title 3 – Federal Certification

Department of Housing and Development

HUD

Prime contractor or subcontractor

Federal agency or any municipality or state agency receiving federal dollars in contracting (Ex: Housing)

HUBZone

Small Business Administration

Prime contractor or subcontractor

Federal agency, department, or organization

Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE)

Designated Women Centers across the US

Prime contractor or subcontractor

Corporations

U.S. Dept. of Transportation – USDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

State of Virginia

VA Dept of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

Prime contractor or subcontractor

State contract with federal highways or similarly tied money

Emerging Small Business (ESB)

City of Richmond, Virginia

Prime contractor or subcontractor

City of Richmond (VA) Office of Minority Business

Minority Business Enterprise in selected US localities

Municipality

(Minority Development Offices)

Prime contractor or subcontractor

Local municipality – In general by local Minority – Small Business Development Office

Want more details? Contact one of our experiences VACC Procurement Assistance Specialists at: aabac@aabac.org for details and referrals.