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Small and Socio-Economic Certifications To Help Small Businesses Get Their Fair Share of Government Contracts

Small business certifications are like professional certifications, they document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Unlike permits and licenses, you do not need to obtain certifications to legally operate. However, in order to take advantage of business opportunities, such as government contracts, you may need to obtain some certifications.

Federal, state and local governments offer business opportunities to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services. Many government agencies require that some percentage of the procurements be set aside for small businesses. Having your business certified can definitely aid in you successfully competing for government contracts.

23% of Federal Contracting Dollars are Set-Aside for Certified Small Businesses Federal Contracts below $250,000 are AUTOMATIC Small Business Set-Asides

(70% of which are directly awarded, bypassing the normal public bidding process)

Benefits of a Small Business Certification

  • Bid on or directly be awarded Small Business Set-Aside Contracts
  • Federal Contracts $250,000 and below are Small Business Set-Asides – 70% awarded directly without the bidding process (important to be found easily)
  • 23% of all federal contracts are Federally Mandated to be awarded to small businesses
  • Be directly found in the Federal Small Business databases by Contracting Officers and Prime Contractors for subcontracting opportunities on contracts over $750,000
  • Be found for No-Bid Contracts below the $25,000 threshold

The U.S. Small Business Administration defines a “small business” in terms of the number of employees over the past year or average annual receipts over the past three years. Size standards vary by industry.

USBRI will complete the entire SBC Certification process for you by

  • Verifying information, updating & changing info/codes where necessary
  • Creating, optimizing and adding up to 20 focus keywords to your profiles so you are more easily found within the Federal Small Business Databases (similar to a Google Search)
  • Narrative Statement for Contracting Officers and Prime Contractors
  • DSBS Profile / SBA Profile creation and/or optimization of such
  • Small Business Certification (hard and virtual copies provided)
  • USBRI completes the entire certification process for you to ensure it’s completed correctly, quickly and optimally, only pulling you in where absolutely necessary

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be considered a small business by SBA standards
  • Must have listed the proper NAICS codes in SAM Registration
  • Must not surpass average annual revenue based on NAICS codes
  • Must not surpass number of employees based on NAICS codes

See If You Qualify as a Small Business

Use the Small Business Calculator to see if you qualify as a small business under current federal small business size standards.

Small Business Calculator

Small Business Certification Options & Eligibility Tools

There are many more benefits to each of the above Socio-Economic Small Business Set-Aside Certifications. Click on the link to visit the page to view such benefits as well as check your eligibility for said certification yourself. Answers are immediately provided using the Eligibility Questionnaires located on each page.

What is the best avenue to sell my products/services to the government?

Answer a few questions about your business and we can provide you with a complimentary Federal Market Assessment to see what agencies are purchasing your goods/services, who the competition is, look at Direct Award Contracts in your industry (below $250K) and provide you a with a basic roadmap of the best avenue and vehicles for your company to focus on to successfully sell goods/services to the government.

After submitting this form, a CRS (Certified Registration Specialist) will reach out within 24 hours for a 15 minute informational conversation where you can ask as many questions as you like. If considering government contracting at all, or have attempted to do so without such guidance or advice; do not skip this important step as it truly makes a difference of knowing where, what and how to focus on what's most important for your success when offering goods/services to the government. This short conversation will speed up your learning curve and set you up and prepare you for success. Utilize credible resources that are available to you.

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