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SBA - Certifications for Federal, NYC and NYS Government Contracts

Securing certifications for Federal, New York City (NYC), and New York State (NYS) government contracts can significantly contribute to the growth of your business. These certifications not only open doors to a variety of contracting opportunities but also provide access to resources and support networks. Here are certifications that can aid in growing your business: The SBA has several contracting assistance programs, and federal contracting resources available to assist entrepreneurs.


1. 8(a) Business Development Program:

⦁ Benefits for Growth: Access to sole-source contracts, mentorship, and training programs. It can facilitate strategic partnerships and subcontracting opportunities.

2. HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) Certification:

⦁ Benefits for Growth: Preferences in federal contracting, which can enhance your competitiveness in the marketplace. Opportunities for set-aside contracts can lead to business expansion.

3. WOSB/EDWOSB Certification:

⦁ Benefits for Growth: Enhanced visibility in federal contracting opportunities, leading to business growth. It also supports diversity and inclusion initiatives.

4. SDVOSB/VOSB Certification:

⦁ Benefits for Growth: Preferences in federal procurement, including set-aside and sole-source contracts. Access to a network of veteran-owned businesses for potential collaborations.

5. SAM (System for Award Management) Registration:

⦁ Benefits for Growth: Essential for federal contracting eligibility. Streamlines the contracting process and ensures your business information is easily accessible to government agencies.

NYC Certifications:

1. M/WBE Certification:

⦁ Benefits for Growth: Access to NYC contracting opportunities and inclusion in projects with participation goals. It enhances the visibility of your business in the local market.

2. SBS Certification (NYC Small Business Services):

⦁ Benefits for Growth: Resources, support, and access to networking events that can foster business growth. It also provides opportunities to connect with other small businesses.

NYS Certifications:

1. MWBE Certification (New York State):

⦁ Benefits for Growth: Inclusion in state contracting opportunities, potentially leading to larger contracts. It demonstrates a commitment to diversity and social responsibility.

2. SDVOB Certification (Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business):

⦁ Benefits for Growth: Preferences in state contracting opportunities and potential collaborations with other veteran-owned businesses.

Additional Tips for Business Growth:

⦁ Networking:

⦁ Actively participate in events, workshops, and networking opportunities facilitated by certification programs. This can lead to partnerships and collaborations.

⦁ Capacity Building:

⦁ Use the resources provided by certification programs for capacity building. This may include training, mentorship, and access to capital.

⦁ Diversification:

⦁ Explore opportunities to diversify your business offerings to align with government needs. Certifications can provide a competitive edge in pursuing diverse contracts.

⦁ Market Visibility:

⦁ Leverage your certifications to enhance your business's visibility in the marketplace. Highlighting your certifications can attract government agencies and prime contractors.

Remember to stay informed about changes in certification requirements and actively engage with the resources provided by certification programs to maximize the growth potential for your business.