The federal government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the U.S. The Small Business Administration (SBA) was created to work with small businesses competing for some of that business.
Business owners often ask if they are eligible to participate in SBA’s contracting programs. What makes a small business a small business? Are you a small woman-owned business or an 8A firm? Certify.SBA.gov provides a checklist to help you manage the application process to determine eligibility. Documents and requirements which must be met are spelled out under each checklist. (certify.sba.gov)
Some of the checklists you can expect when logging into SBA.gov are:
- Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Preparation Checklist
- Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business
- 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program Preparation Checklist
- Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program Preparation Checklist
- All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Preparation Checklist (ibid)
As many of you know, doing business with the government can be overwhelming, tedious, and confusing. Difficult paperwork often dissuades businesses from pursuing government projects that they are capable of performing. The SBA is in the throes of modernizing the application process for federal contracting programs. Forms are now available online and completion of those forms is performed online as well. (ibid)
EZGSA can walk you through the process of certifying your small, 8(a), or women-owned business status. Give us a call at 301-913-0959 to find out more.