Thank you for your service! FAMR proudly offers support to set up your veteran-owned business for federal contract eligibility with VOSB (Veteran-Owned Small Business) or SDVOSB (Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business) certification status
LET’S MAKE SURE YOU’RE GETTING YOUR SHARE — STRENGTHEN YOUR BUSINESS WITH A FEDERAL CERTIFICATION 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 it deserves.
To qualify and successfully register for VOSB status with the federal government, an organization must meet all the following criteria:
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:
Get in touch with our Certification Specialists to confirm your eligibility:
In 2003, Congress passed the Veterans Benefits Act to jumpstart supplier networks across the nation. This gave small, veteran-owned businesses the room and support they need to thrive amongst the larger corporations in their industry.
In franker terms, certified VOSBs have access to exclusive contracting opportunities that are restricted from the rest of their competition.
For reference: Last year, the federal government put more than $630 billion into annual contract spending alone. 4.4% of that was legally reserved only for SDVOSBs, with 27.2% of the total budget available to small businesses like yours.
When you do the math, that translates to about $180 billion in contract work last year — and all you need to do to take part in these lucrative contracts is get your VOSB or SDVOSB certification. Other benefits of these 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 the tiniest technical or clerical errors. The full certification process takes roughly 20 – 40 hours of administrative work, record organization, filling out forms, and more to complete, not including 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.
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 around to take care of your registration renewals and review your Federal account to ensure everything is accurate, compliant, and optimized for the contracts you apply for in the future.
Veterans who want to take the time to file for themselves by learning the ins and outs of the application process may DIY at 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 worse, 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, take a look at our guide to minimizing hurdles and potential issues through the VOSB process.
VOSB certifications are handled through the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) through the end of 2022. However, Small Business Administration (SBA) will be taking this over on January 1, 2023. No VOSBs or SDVOSBs that have been verified by the VA will lose their status at the time of this transfer, but once your certification is up for renewal, you’ll need to do this through SBA.
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 restrictions (namely that it only accepts veterans who are service-disabled). 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.