Thank you for your service! FAMR is proud to help set up your veteran-owned business with VOSB (Veteran-Owned Small Business) or SDVOSB (Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business) certification status for federal contracting
LET’S MAKE SURE YOU’RE GETTING YOUR SHARE — STRENGTHEN YOUR BUSINESS WITH A CONTRACTING CERTIFICATION LIKE VOSB TODAY
Our team of Veteran Certification Specialists is standing by to simplify your federal registration and certification processes, and ensure your business is eligible for the opportunities and benefits it deserves. Even if we find that you don’t meet the criteria for VOSB or SDVOSB, we’ll look for other certifications (at both the federal and state levels) and ways to optimize and improve your shot at winning lucrative contracts.
To qualify and successfully register for VOSB status with the federal government, an organization must meet all the following criteria:
If you believe your business qualifies for VOSB certification, you can begin your registration today to acquire federal contracting opportunities set aside for and only available to veteran-owned businesses.
For businesses seeking SDVOSB status (Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business), your organization must also meet the following eligibility requirements in addition to those for VOSB status:
Call our Certification Specialists to confirm your eligibility
In 2003, Congress passed the Veterans Benefits Act to jumpstart supplier networks across the nation. This gives small, veteran-owned businesses the room, support, and opportunities they need to thrive amongst the larger corporations in their industry.
In franker terms, certified VOSBs have access to exclusive contracting prospects and jobs that are restricted from the rest of their competition.
For reference: Last year, the federal government put more than $694 billion into annual contract spending alone. 26.5% of the total budget was set aside for small businesses like yours, and 4.6% of the budget was specifically reserved only for SDVOSBs.
When you do the math, that translates to almost $32 billion in contract work each year available for only SDVOSBs — and all you need to do to take part in these lucrative contracts is get your certification. Other benefits of VOSB and SDVOSB certifications include:
To access VOSB contracts, businesses first need to endure a complex registration process with the federal government. Unfortunately, the difference between application approval and denial often comes down to small technical or clerical errors. The full certification process takes roughly 20 – 40 hours (usually over the course of several months) of administrative work, record organization, filling out forms, and more to complete — and that doesn’t include the follow-up work of renewals, supplying business updates, etc.
We’ll ask you to send over some general information to get started, and we’ll walk you through what to expect from your business’ certification process, and handle the rest ourselves. This frees up your time and saves you headaches and hours of frustration.
Our team is committed to the success of your company, and are experts at the exhausting art of filling out long-winded, complicated, federal forms. We’ll stay by your side throughout the lengthy process, keeping you informed with frequent updates along the way and communicating closely to ensure your business is found by the contractors you want to be discovered by most.
After all the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed, we’ll stick with you to take care of your registration renewals and review your accounts (like your DSBS profile) to ensure everything is accurate, compliant, and optimized for the contracts you apply for in the future.
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Veterans who want to take the time to file for themselves by learning the ins and outs of the application process may DIY through SBA.gov. But keep in mind, the federal government requires a lot of information to certify your business, and it all needs to be submitted in the right way.
If registration is not completed perfectly the first time around, veterans might find themselves going through the entire lengthy process again under harsher guidelines. Even if veterans do manage to get approved despite some accidental filing mistakes, those errors can go on to create payment problems and limit their ability to win future contracts.
For those still intent on self-certifying, we created a guide to minimize hurdles and potential issues through the VOSB process that can serve as a helpful manual for your certification.
VOSB certifications are handled through the Small Business Administration (SBA), who took over from the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) at the start of 2023. If you registered through the VA, you won’t lose your status, but will need to renew the certification through SBA moving forward.
VOSB stands for Veteran-Owned Small Business, while SDVOSB stands for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. These are both programs created to help companies in this category get funding and contracts from the federal government.
While they serve similar purposes, SDVOSB certification has more criteria that must be met (namely that it only accepts veterans who are also service-disabled). Because of this, SDVOSBs also tend to have more preferential treatment when it comes to competing on open-bid contract opportunities.
Only businesses that have been verified and approved for VOSB or SDVOSB certification by the CVE (or SBA) are legally allowed to use the trademark on your website or materials.
Once you’ve been certified as an SDVOSB, you can search for contract opportunities through SAM.gov’s database and under “Advanced Search,” filter the “Set Aside” dropdown to SDVOSB.
SDVOSB certifications expire three years after it was issued. Once it expires, you’ll have to renew the certification again to keep your benefits and SDVOSB status.
Disability ratings are assigned by the VA to indicate the severity of someone’s disability. SBA does not have a minimum disability rating, so any severity from 0 to 100 can be certified if they meet the other criteria.