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The Importance of SBA Small Business Certifications

Securing government contracts can transform a small business. A key step in this process is obtaining SBA (Small Business Administration) small business certifications. These certifications not only open doors to federal contracts but also level the playing field for small businesses to compete with larger corporations.

Key SBA Certifications

  1. 8(a) Business Development Program: For businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, offering access to sole-source contracts.
  2. Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program: Empowers women entrepreneurs with access to federal contracts set aside for women-owned businesses.
  3. Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program: Provides an edge in federal contracting for businesses owned by veterans with service-related disabilities.
  4. HUBZone Program: Supports businesses in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZone’s), stimulating economic growth through federal contracts. Use the HUBZone Map Lookup Tool to determine if you, your employees, and principal office is located in a HUBZone.

The Personal Capabilities Statement

A Personal Capabilities Statement is crucial for businesses seeking SBA certifications. Having one in place will:

  • Showcases Expertise: Highlights skills and experience.
  • Builds Credibility: Demonstrates professionalism and readiness.
  • Facilitates Networking: Serves as a leave-behind document at events.

Use the Small Business Calculator Tool to determine if your business is eligible for a Set-Aside or Small Business Certification


How USBRI Can Help

Navigating SBA certifications and crafting a compelling Personal Capabilities Statement can be challenging. USBRI specializes in SAM (System for Award Management) registrations and small business certifications, offering:

  1. Expert Guidance: With a Certified Registration Specialist, you will have a step-by-step support through the certification process.
  2. Document Preparation: Crafting and refining your Personal Capabilities Statement as well as making sure any and all appropriate documentation is gathered.
  3. SAM Registration: The SAM Registration is a requirement for all SBA certifications and USBRI can help you stay active and compliant.
  4. Ongoing Support: With a purchased service, you will have unlimited access to the USBRI Help Desk as well as your Certified Registration Specialist (CRS) for the length of time you have purchased.

As mentioned above, a SAM Registration is required for any SBA certification. If you are unsure if you have a SAM Registration, use the SAM Status Lookup Tool by clicking the button below.


Need to Renew or Register in SAM?

If you have checked your SAM Registration status and it is either expiring soon or missing, begin the process with a CRS today. Having a dedicated specialist stay on top of your registration is important to make sure everything is done right. If you are ready to begin, click the button below and a Certified Registration Specialist will be in contact within 24 business hours. If you have additional questions, reach out to the USBRI Help Desk at 1-888-646-9998 for additional questions.

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