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The Basics of Small Business Certification Programs

Many different small business certification programs exist. Depending on where your business is located there are county, city, and state small business certification programs that exist in order to disburse and diversify government contracts. Each program has qualifying factors or industry-specific requirements that your business will have to meet.

There are a number of reasons why you should seek a small business certification. It will limit your competition for business as an 8(a) contractor to other, similar companies and not necessarily the behemoths of the industry. ( Click here to read about 8a SBA Certification Application)You have an opportunity to compete on price or innovation in a broader sense than you would if you were competing in the full and open marketplace. You will have the opportunity to interface with other business persons who are experiencing the same issues facing you. You will be able to take advantage of the myriad business educational opportunities.

Numerous government entities, including the Small Business Administration and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, offer innovative opportunities to assure those small contractors are not left behind in the race for federal contracts. Small business certification programs such as the SBA’s 8a teach small companies how to compete in the federal contracting arena and how to take advantage of greater subcontracting opportunities available from large firms as the result of public-private partnerships.

You may qualify for one of the following small business certification programs:

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  • Federal Small Business Certification SBA 8(a)
  • State MBE—Minority Business Enterprise
  • City MBE and/or DBE
  • State DBE Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • WBE Women’s Business Enterprise
  • MSDC Minority Supplier Developers Council

Small business certification programs are designed to help small disadvantaged businesses compete through business development.

Through sole-source contracts, businesses are given an opportunity to enter the government-contracting arena and gain experience to compete in the full and open market

This process can be grueling and confusing. Luckily, there is professional help can help in providing and submitting the right information. Once certified the small business can optimize the benefits of the certification (s)

BizCentral USA is a small business resource center dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their business.

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