» You must be certified as a small business within your NAICS industry classification ( naics.com ). » Mentors and protegesmust be organized for profit or as an agricultural cooperative. » Mentors cannot own more than 40% equity in the protege’s business. » An SBA determination of affiliation must not exist between the mentor and the protege. All Small-approved partnerships receive an exclusion of affiliation for contracting purposes. HUBZone Businesses located in historically underused business zones, sba.gov/ hubzone , can gain special access to federal contracts. To qualify for the certification, your small business must: » be owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, a community development corporation, an agricultural cooperative, Indian tribal government, Alaska native corporation,
Woman-Owned Small Business Certification Here’s how to get certified so you can more easily compete for government contracts.
1. Make sure you’re eligible
» The business must be owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens. » A woman must hold the highest officer position. » Women must manage the daily business operations on a full-time basis and conduct long-term decision making and planning. To qualify as an economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business, the business owner and/or manager must also meet certain income and asset requirements. Find out more at sba.gov/wosb .
or a native Hawaiian organization » have a principal office located in a HUBZone, which includes Indian
reservations and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act. Enter your address in our interactive map, maps.certify.sba.gov/hubzone/map , to see if you qualify. » have at least 35% of your employees living in a HUBZone Service-Disabled Veterans If you’re a service-disabled veteran looking to enter the federal marketplace, you may be eligible for this small business certification. To determine your eligibility, contact a veterans business development officer at your local SBA office, or the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, sba.gov/ovbd . After you have set up to do business with the government in sam.gov , update your status as a service-disabled veteran business. Keep in mind, the SBA does not officially certify this designation, so when a contract awarded based on this eligibility is protested, the SBA will determine if your business meets the eligibility status, ownership and control requirements.
» Register with the System for Award Management ( sam.gov ) to start doing business with the government.
» Submit your documents to certify.sba.gov . The SBA will offer free certification starting in late summer 2020. Or obtain certification from one of the SBA’s approved third-party certifiers (which costs a fee):
• El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
• National Women Business Owners Corp.
• U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce
• Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
4. Update your status
» Update your status as a woman-owned small business in sam.gov .
5. Search the database
» Search beta.sam.gov for your new business opportunity. You must receive your certification prior to submitting an offer on a contract set aside for a woman-owned small business.
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