Veteran Owned Business Certification Tip and Tricks.
If you are a Veteran and you own at least 51% of a business you qualify for preferential treatment and consideration when looking to acquire federal contracts. The Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization has set up a program that you should be aware of. Their site has a lot of information and can be found at http://www.va.gov/osdbu/about/index.asp
According to the website the OSDBU their main Mission is to:
“enable Veterans to gain access to economic opportunity by leveraging the federal procurement system and expanding participation of procurement-ready small businesses. This mission will be achieved by changing how Veteran-owned and other small business concerns, that are procurement-ready, gain access to economic opportunities. Current transformation efforts will increase awareness, reduce risk, enhance access, improve procurement mechanisms, and promote better performance in meeting small business goals by 2019.”
Veteran Owned Business Certification Program Areas
Obtaining Veteran Owned Business status verification through the Vets First Verification Program, managed by Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), extends eligibility for set-asides and sole source contracts to SDVOSBs and VOSBs. Learn more about the VA verification process and how Public Law 109-461 relates to the Veterans First Contracting Program.
VA OSDBU gathers market research, oversees VA subcontracting, provides overall direction on small business program policies and procedures, and works with contracting staff to help small Veteran Owned businesses maximize VA procurement opportunities.
Direct Access Program
The Direct Access Program (DAP) offers SDVOSBs, VOSBs, and other small Veteran Owned Business unique opportunities to develop partnerships, maximize networking, and secure connections at nationwide procurement events. Gain direct access to valuable resources to help build and grow a small business.
Strategic Outreach and Communications
Strategic Outreach and Communications (SOC) offers awareness, education, training to small businesses interested in doing business with VA. Through its two-way communication and outreach efforts, SOC connects with the small and Veteran business communities to assess and meet needs.
Even if you’re not interested in working with the government, research by the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) shows that 70 percent of Americans would prefer to do business with a veteran-owned business than one that is not veteran-owned. Advertising your “veteran-owned business” status on your storefront, signage, website, letter head, and at the bottom of e-mails may be all you need to attract new business. In many cases, such as doing business with local contractors, suppliers, and even large corporation, a formal certification isn’t necessary.