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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


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.

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VOSB Certification Requirements

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.

SDVOSB Requirements

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:

  • 51% owned by service-disabled veterans
  • Day-to-day management and long-term operations must be helmed by a service-disabled veteran
  • In the case that the service-disabled veteran has a severe disability, the business can be managed by their spouse

Call our Certification Specialists to confirm your eligibility

VOSB & SDVOSB Certification Benefits

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:

  • Source Law – Sole Source states the federal government must set aside a percentage of their contracts for certified small and veteran-owned businesses.
  • Special Preference – VOSBs also receive preferential consideration when vying for open-bid contracts that are available to the rest of the Federal marketplace.
  • Options – VOSBs are allowed to subcontract on any of the jobs awarded to them. That way, a veteran’s small business size won’t cause them to miss out on larger prospects.
  • Private Sector Opportunities – Becoming VOSB certified doesn’t just make organizations eligible for federal benefits, it also opens them to a range of exclusive contracting opportunities from the private sector as well.

We help hundreds of veteran-owned businesses gain VOSB or SDVOSB status each year, winning more contracts and funding

How Do I Register as a VOSB or SDVOSB?

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.

FAMR – We Make it Easy to Get Your VOSB or SDVOSB Certification

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.

We’ll Handle the Rest from There

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.

Benefits of Partnering with FAMR vs. DIY

  • Effortless Registration – Quicker, easier, and more accurate than DIY manual registration. Once you provide your business info, we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Teammates you can Trust – FAMR’s certification specialists are a passionate team that are experienced in registering qualified businesses to work alongside the federal government (and local governments as well). We’ve helped businesses of all kinds achieve certification status and are more than happy to walk you through every step of your VOSB or SDVOSB certification process and answer any questions you might have.


DIY – VOSB Self Certification

Veterans who want to take the time to file for themselves by learning the ins and outs of the application process may DIY through 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.

Challenges of Self Certification

  • Dozens of Registration Hours – Registering veteran and small business status with the federal government is an involving process that takes dedicated time, patience (lots of it), and close attention to detail. For many applicants, this can take three months from start to finish.
  • You’re on Your Own – The self-registration process can be completed by those who learn how to navigate its hurdles, so expect to spend hours completing and answering the required questions, learning how the government’s processes operate, and filling out tedious forms.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Learn more about this transition here.

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’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.

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