The Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council (SADBOC)

 

SADBOC's Mission

 

The Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council or SADBOC is a council under the Federal Executive Board of Minnesota whose mission is to promote supplier diversity in the public sector through collaboration and information sharing between its members and through education and outreach to the small business public. SADBOC members include Federal, State and local agencies as well as non-profits with an interest in supplier diversity.

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CONTRACTING PROGRAMS IN MINNESOTA

Where do I need to go to be certified to receive a preference or satisfy a goal on a contract?

 

CERTIFYING ORGANIZATION WOMEN MINORITY VETERAN PLACE BASED

Federal Government (SBA)

Self-Certify or WOSB/EDWOSB Self-Certify or 8(a) BD Program Self-Certify or VA Verified HUBZone
Mn/DOT DBE DBE TG/ED/VO or VA Verified --
Met Council DBE DBE TG/ED/VO or VA Verified --
Metropolitan Airports DBE DBE TG/ED/VO or VA Verified --
City of Minneapolis DBE DBE -- --
Office of State Procurement (OSP) TG TG  TG/ED/VO or VA Verified ED
City of St. Paul CERT CERT -- --
Ramsey County CERT CERT -- --
Hennepin County CERT CERT -- --
Corporate WBE MBE -- --

 

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CERTIFICATIONS

FEDERAL: SBA Goaling

Set Aside Program

8(a) Business Development Program   

HUBZone  

Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Federal Contracting Program

Small Business (SB)
Small Disadvantage Business (SDB)

Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)  

The Vets First Verification Program  

 

MINNESOTA STATE AND LOCAL CERTIFICATIONS

 

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program  

Central Certification (CERT) Program  

Targeted Group (TG) / Economically Disadvantaged (ED) / Veteran-Owned (VO) Small Business Program 

 

NATIONAL, THIRD-PARTY FOR CORPORATE AMERICA CERTIFICATIONS

Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)  

Women Business Enterprise (WBE) 

 

 

 


FEDERAL: SBA GOALING PROGRAM

SBA is responsible for the management and oversight of the small business procurement process across the federal government. SBA negotiates with federal departments concerning their prime contracting goals and achievement with small businesses to ensure that small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to provide goods and services to the federal government. In addition, large businesses that receive large government contracts are required under the terms of its contract to submit to the government contracting officer, subcontracting plans containing specific goals for utilization of the various categories of small businesses.

 

PROGRAM PRIME SUBCONTRACTING
Small Business 23% --
Small Disadvantaged Business 5% 5%
Women-Owned Small Business 5% 5%
HUBZone Business 3% 3%
Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business 3% 3%

For additional information visit the SBA Goaling Program website.

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What is the 8(a) Business Development Program?

The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. It is an essential instrument for helping disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain a foothold in government contracting and access to the economic mainstream of American society.

Participation in the program is divided into two phases over nine years: a four-year developmental stage and a five-year transition stage.

The overall goal is to graduate 8(a) firms that will go on to thrive in a competitive business environment. There are some requirements in place to help achieve this goal. Program goals require 8(a) firms to:

  • Maintain a balance between their commercial and government business.
  • Limit on the total dollar value of sole-source contracts that an individual participant can receive while in the program: $100 million or five times the value of its primary NAICS code.

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Benefits of the 8(a) Business Development Program

Participants can receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. 

8(a) firms are also able to form joint ventures and teams to bid on contracts. This enhances the ability of 8(a) firms to perform larger prime contracts and overcome the effects of contract bundling, the combining of two or more contracts together into one large contract.

8(a) firms are also allowed to learn the ropes from other more experienced-larger businesses.  See the Mentor-Protégé Program for more information.

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Eligibility criteria for the 8(a) Business Development Program

To qualify for the 8(a) BD program, the business (except entity-owned firms*) must:

  1. Be small by SBA standards at time of application and throughout the 9 year program term. See SBA size standards here, www.sba.gov/size.
  2. Be at least 51% unconditionally and directly owned and controlled/managed by one or more socially disadvantaged individuals who are US citizens and are economically disadvantaged.
  3. Show potential for success (generally by being in business for two years) and have the necessary financial capacity to successfully perform on federal contracts.
  4. Have all its principals demonstrate good character including not owning any outstanding federal financial obligations.

*Requirements are different for firms that are owned by Entities such as: Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs), and Community Development Corporations (CDCs). Read the section, Ownership Requirements for Approved Firms here

Who is considered a socially disadvantaged individual?
Those who have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American society because of their identification as members of groups without regard to their individual qualities.

For purposes of the 8(a) Business Development program, the following individuals are presumed socially disadvantaged (called “presumed groups”):

  • Black Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Asian Pacific Americans
  • Subcontinent Asian American

In the absence of evidence to the contrary, an individual applicant is presumed socially disadvantaged if:

  • Holds him or herself out to be a member of a presumed group
  • Is currently identified by others as a member of a presumed group

The presumed groups listed above are solely for purposes of SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program. Other individuals may similarly be found socially disadvantaged and eligible for the program on a case-by-case basis. For more information visit, Other Socially Disadvantaged Individuals section.

Who is considered economically disadvantaged individual?
Before SBA can approve an application, the individuals claiming to be disadvantaged must submit supporting documents to prove their assets, income, and net worth fall below certain threshold amounts. These include:

  • Assets cannot exceed $4 million
  • Personal income cannot exceed $250,000, averaged over 3 years
  • Adjusted net worth must be less than $250,000

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How to get certify for the 8(a) Business Development Program

For admission into the 8(a) Business Development program you can apply online or you may apply via hard copy application.

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What is The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Contracting Program?

The HUBZone program is designed to help small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones - or HUBZones, gain access to federal procurement opportunities.

HUBZone areas are typically areas of low median household incomes or high unemployment, or both. These areas are located in certain urban, rural, Indian reservation, and military bases closed under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act and difficult development areas outside the U.S. mainland. HUBZone-certified companies will help these areas increase employment opportunities, stimulate capital investment, and empower communities through economic leveraging.

Use this map to determine if your business and employees are in a HUBZone area.

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Benefits of the HUBZone Contracting Program

The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns.

The program’s benefits for HUBZone-certified companies include:

  • Competitive and sole source contracting.
  • 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities.

See a list of the biggest industries by contracting dollar amount here.

What is a competitive and sole source contract? 

A competitive HUBZone set-aside contract can be awarded if the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two responsible HUBZone small businesses will submit offers and that the resulting contract can be awarded at a fair market price.

A sole source HUBZone contract can be awarded if the contracting officer does not have a reasonable expectation that two or more qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers, determines that the qualified HUBZone small business is responsible, and determines that the contract can be awarded at a fair price. The government estimate cannot exceed $7.5 million for manufacturing requirements or $4 million for all other requirements.

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Eligibility criteria for the HUBZone Contracting Program

To qualify for the HUBZone program, a business (except tribally-owned concerns) must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be a small business for its primary NAICS code. Find out if your business is small with the SBA Size Standards Tool.
  • It must meet one of the following ownership and control requirements:
      • Owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens
      • Wholly owned or owned in part by one or more Indian Tribal Governments or by a corporation that is wholly owned by one or more Indian Tribal Governments
      • An Alaska Native Corporations (ANC) owned and controlled by Natives or a direct or indirect subsidiary corporation, joint venture, or partnership of an ANC
      • Wholly owned by one or more Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs), or by a corporation that is wholly owned by one or more NHOs, if all other owners are either United States citizens or SBCs
      • Wholly owned or owned in part by a Community Development Corporation (CDC).
      • A small agricultural cooperative or a small business concern wholly owned or owned in party by one or more small agricultural cooperatives
  • Except for certain concerns owned by Indian Tribal Governments, all other small businesses must have a principal office located in a qualified HUBZone.
  • At least 35% of all of its employees must reside in a HUBZone. Reside means to live in a primary residence at a place for at least 180 days, or as a currently registered voter, and with intent to live there indefinitely.

Firms that are owned in whole or in part by Indian Tribal Governments or corporations wholly owned by Indian tribal Governments, at the time of application must either:

  • Maintain a principal office located in a HUBZone and ensure that at least 35% of its employees reside in a HUBZone; or
  • Certify that when performing a HUBZone contract, at least 35% of its employees engaged in performing that contract will reside within any Indian reservation governed by one or more of the Indian Tribal Government owners, or reside within any HUBZone adjoining such Indian reservation. A HUBZone and Indian reservation are adjoining when the two areas are next to and in contact with each other; and the concern will “attempt to maintain” the applicable employment percentage stated above during the performance of any HUBZone contract it receives.

The HUBZone office has a 35% and principal office calculator that you can use to guide you in determining whether you meet these requirements. Before you use it, review the Certification FAQ.

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How to get certify for the HUBZone Contracting Program

Before You Begin:

To help you get prepare, review the HUBZone Primer course (download transcript), Certification FAQ, and the application guide

There are several important registrations that must be completed before you can start the electronic application process:

  • DUN & BRADSTREET: Obtain a free D&B ID number, known as a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS).
  • System for Award Management (SAM): Create a SAM profile for the principal office address that is applying for HUBZone certification.
  • Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS): If already registered at SAM.gov, ensure that the registration is up-to-date and accurate by visiting Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS), aka, SBA’s supplemental page: DSBS profiles will reflect your firm’s certification status. If changes need to be made, simply go to SAM to update the DSBS profile.
  • SBA’s General Login System (GLS): you must complete registration in this system for each individual that can update information to for your concern. Once you have registered, then you must add the concern’s DUNS and EIN number(s) and then you can obtain access to the HUBZone application module.

Review the list of supporting documentation you will need to upload after submitting the online application. See the supporting documentation request which is in the "Initial Application General Questions" section of the Frequently Asked Questions web page. The supporting documentation request includes a checklist and instructions on how to upload the documents. Note: SBA may request additional documents when the evaluation process begins.

See the application guide which can help you prepare to submit the online application.

Application Process Steps

  1. Apply for the HUBZone Certification Online.
  2. After submitting the online application, you will receive an automated email instructing you to log into the General Login System (GLS).  These instructions outlines a time sensitive requirement.   Specifically, the firm has 10 business days to electronically verify the data it entered in its online HUBZone application.  After this verification is completed, the firm has an additional 10 business days to upload the supporting documentation.  The online application plus the uploading of all the supporting documentation in the list, constitute a completed application package.  If either of these steps are not completed within the timeframe provided, the application is withdrawn.   
  3. Check your email SPAM folder to make sure that you are receiving emails from SBA.

NOTE: The HUBZone program office does not issue certificates. When you submit bids for HUBZone contracts, contracting officers are required to confirm your HUBZone certification by searching for your firm in the publicly available Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). Your firm's profile will reflect whether you are HUBZone certified and if so, the date that you were certified. This part of your profile is automatically populated by the HUBZone program.

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What is the WOSB and the EDWOSB Federal Contracting Program?

The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible:

• Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs)
• Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs)

The impact of this program levels the playing field for WOSBs to compete for and win federal contracts, provides procuring agencies a tool to help meet their WOSB contracting goals and ultimately, the program helps create and retain more jobs for WOSBs.

Contracting officers may have WOSB- or EDWOSB-only contract competitions and/or sole source awards in an industry in which WOSBs and EDWOSBs are substantially underrepresented.

See eligible NAICS code listings for WOSB and EDWOSB.

Business owners, please note that SBA designated NAICS codes are not a requirement to certify your business as an WOSB/EDWOSB. Your company may self-certify provided that it meets the eligibility requirements. Regulations do not require a WOSB to operate in an eligible NAICS code. 

SBA has designated certain NAICS codes for agencies, not businesses, to use for WOSB and EDWOSB procurements. If your business does not fall within the NAICS codes in a government solicitation your business will not be eligible to bid for that particular contract.

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Benefits of the WOSB/EDWOSB Federal Contracting Program:

The federal government has set-aside 5% of federal prime contracts to WOSB/EDWOSB-certified small business concerns in industries where women-owned small businesses are underrepresented. In fiscal year 2016 women-owned small businesses were awarded $19.7 billion in federal contract.

WOSB and EDWOSB are:

  • Eligible to compete for set-asides or receive sole source awards in certain industries. See eligible NAICS code listings for  WOSB and EDWOSB.
  • EDWOSBs are eligible to receive awards for for both EDWOSB and WOSB.

What is a competitive and sole source contract? 

A competitive set-aside contract can be awarded if the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two responsible WOSB will submit offers and that the resulting contract can be awarded at a fair market price.
A sole source contract can be awarded if the contracting officer does not have a reasonable expectation that two or more qualified WOSB will submit offers, determines that the qualified WOSB is responsible, and determines that the contract can be awarded at a fair price. 

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Eligibility criteria for the WOSB/EDWOSB Federal Contracting Program

 

WOSB:

  • The business must be small and at least 51% unconditionally and directly owned by one or more women who are U.S. citizens. The ownership must be direct and unconditional.
  • A woman must the hold highest officer position in the business and have managerial experience required to run the business. 
  • One or more women must manage the daily business operations on a full time basis and conduct long-term decision making and planning.


EDWOSB:

In order to qualify as an EDWOSB, a business must meet all the requirements for a WOSB and its owner(s) must demonstrate economic disadvantage as follows:

  • Personal net worth (assets minus liabilities) is less than $750,000 excluding:
    • Ownership in business and primary personal residence
    • Income reinvested or used to pay taxes of business
    • Funds reinvested in IRA or other retirement account*
    • Transferred assets within two years if to or on behalf of immediate family member for select purposes
  • Adjusted gross income average over three years is $350,000 or less excluding:
    • Income reinvested or used to pay taxes of business

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How to get certify for the WOSB/EDWOSB Federal Contracting Program

There are two ways to get certify for the WOSB program. Businesses may obtain certification from one of the four third party certifiers (TPC) approved by SBA or may self-certify (not use a TPC).

Third party certification.  SBA has approved four organizations to act as Third Party Certifiers. Only SBA-approved TPCs can give you an authorized “certificate” of eligibility as a WOSB or EDWOSB. Contact the organization of your choice.

Self-Certification.  When all of the conditions below have been met, then the WOSB/EDWOSB can affirm to the contracting officer that it is self-certified.

  1. DUN & BRADSTREET: Obtain a free D&B ID number, known as a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS).
  2. System for Award Management (SAM): Create a SAM profile. Note: Your SAM.gov registration status must be “Active” for at least 24 hours in order for the records to be available in certify.SBA.gov
  3. Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS): If already registered at SAM.gov, ensure that the registration is up-to-date and accurate by visiting Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS), aka, SBA’s supplemental page: DSBS profiles will reflect your firm’s certification status. If changes need to be made, simply go to SAM to update the DSBS profile.
  4. Certify.SBA.gov: Create a user account and begin your certification process. See list of documents to be uploaded via certify.sba.gov

Note: Self-certify businesses do not obtain a certificate. Contracting officers are required to confirm your certification by searching for your firm in the publicly available Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). Your firm's profile will reflect whether you are WOSB/EDWOSB certified and if so, the date that you were certified. 

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What is the SB and the SDB Certification Program?

Federal, state and local governments offer businesses opportunities to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services. Many government agencies require that some percentage of the procurements be set aside for small businesses.

The government is particularly concerned to include small businesses as it buys goods and services for several reasons:

  • To ensure that large businesses don’t “muscle out” small businesses
  • To gain access to the new ideas small businesses are great at providing
  • To support small businesses as engines of economic development and job creation
  • To offer opportunities to disadvantaged socio-ethnic groups

To these ends, most government agencies “set aside” a percentage of their acquisitions (what they buy) for small and disadvantaged businesses. In some cases, these set-asides might consist of certain types of tasks on larger contracts. In other cases, entire contracts may be designated for small businesses. Get all the details on set-asides in the Small Business Set-Aside Opportunities section.

Small Business (SB)

The Small Business (SB) Certification documents that your business is small by means of industry size standards established by the SBA. A business may want to certify itself as small to be eligible for Government programs and preferences reserved for "small business." 

Small Disadvantage Business (SDB)

The Small Disadvantage Business (SDB) certification documents that your business is small and owned and control by one or more disadvantage persons.

A small business owned and control by a disadvantaged owner(s) may want to certify itself as SDB to be eligible for Government programs and preferences reserved for a "small disadvantage business."

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Benefits of the SB/SDB Program

The Federal government has specified annual prime contracting goals for designated small businesses. The current, government-wide procurement goal stipulates that at least 23% of all federal government contracting dollars should be awarded to small businesses. In addition, targeted sub-goals are established for the following small business categories:

•  Women Owned Small Business – 5%
•  Small Disadvantaged Business – 5%
•  Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business – 3%
•  HUBZone – 3%

Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts.

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Eligibility criteria for the SB/SDB Program

 

Small Business:

  • Be a small business according to SBA's size standards.
  • Is organized for profit
  • Has a place of business in the US
  • Is independently owned and operated
  • Is not dominant in its field on a national basis
  • Operates primarily within the U.S. or makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor
  • The business may be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other legal form. In determining what constitutes a small business, the definition will vary to reflect industry differences, such as size standards.  

About Size Standards:
Because all federal agencies must use SBA size standards for contracts identified as small business, you need to select NAICS codes that best describe your business and then determine if the business meet size standards for the selected NAICS codes. Use our Size Standards Tool to find out if you qualify as a small business. Once you have determined you are indeed a small business, you can then certify your business as small by registering as a government contractor.

Small Disadvantaged Business:

In addition to the Small Business criteria's stated above, the SBD firm must:

  • The firm must be 51% or more owned and control by one or more disadvantaged persons.
  • The disadvantaged person or persons must be socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged.

Note: SBD firms may qualify for the 8(a) certification. 

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How to get certify for the SB/SDB Program(s)

Follow these easy steps to certify your business as small and obtain the registrations you need to begin bidding on government proposals.

  1. DUN & BRADSTREET: Obtain a free D&B ID number, known as a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS).
  2. System for Award Management (SAM): Create a SAM profile and complete the process. 
  3. Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS): If already registered at SAM.gov, ensure that the registration is up-to-date and accurate by visiting Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS), aka, SBA’s supplemental page: DSBS profiles will reflect your firm’s certification status. If changes need to be made, simply go to SAM to update the DSBS profile.

When all of the conditions above have been met, then the SB/SDB can affirm to the contracting officer that it is self-certified. However, a prime contractor may offer self-certification by checking the appropriate box on the prime contractor's self-certification form. (Some prime contractors also require SAM certification.)

Note: Self-certify businesses do not obtain a certificate. Contracting officers are required to confirm your certification by searching for your firm in the publicly available Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). Your firm's profile will reflect whether you are SB/SDB certified and if so, the date that you were certified. 

If a small business needs to demonstrate to a particular state, city or other non-Federal Government entity that it is small, it needs to contact the individual state or city for the applicable requirements for "small business" certification.

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What is the Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Concern (SDVOSBC)​ and the Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Certification?

The SDVOSBC program is a federal procurement program for Service-Disabled Veteran Business Owners. This procurement program gives procuring agencies the authority to set acquisitions aside for exclusive competition among service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. 

Veteran Business owners that are not disable can register their business as being a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB). VOSB certifed businesses are eligible for preferential status when competing for certain government contracts.

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Benefits of the SDVOSB Program

Federal law mandates that government agencies establish contracting goals that require them to reach out and consider veteran-owned small businesses for procurement opportunities.  Annually, the government's goal is to award no less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards to service-disabled veterans.  Last fiscal year 2016, 3.98 percent of all federal contracting dollars--$16.3 billion-- went to SDVOSBs.

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Eligibility criteria for the SDVOSB Program

In order to be eligible for the SDVOSBC, the owner(s) and the business must meet the following criteria:

  • The Service Disabled Veteran (SDV) must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense
  • The SDV must unconditionally own 51% or more of the business
  • The SDV must hold the highest officer position in the SDVOSBC
  • The SDVO must control the management and daily operations of the SDVOSBC
  • The business must be small, according to SBA’s size standards.

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How to get certify for the SDVOSB Program

The SDVOSB is a free self-certification program. When all of the conditions below have been met, then the SDVOSB can affirm to the contracting officer that it is self-certified by SBA.

  • DUN & BRADSTREET: Obtain a free D&B ID number, known as a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS).
  • System for Award Management (SAM): Create a SAM profile. Note: Your SAM.gov registration status must be “Active” for at least 24 hours in order for the records to be available in certify.SBA.gov
  • Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS): If already registered at SAM.gov, ensure that the registration is up-to-date and accurate by visiting Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS), aka, SBA’s supplemental page: DSBS profiles will reflect your firm’s certification status. If changes need to be made, simply go to SAM to update the DSBS profile.

Note: Self-certify businesses do not obtain a certificate. Contracting officers are required to confirm your certification by searching for your firm in the publicly available Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). Your firm's profile will reflect whether you are VOSB/SDVOSBC certified and if so, the date that you were certified.

Vets First Verification Program
Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and/or Service Disabled Small Businesses (SDSBs) need to be evaluated and determined eligible for set-asides and sole source contracts through the Vets First Verification Program.

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What is the Vets First Verification Program?

A verification through the Vets First Verification Program, managed by the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), is the process by which a Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and/or Service Disabled Small Businesses (SDSBs) is evaluated and determined eligible for set-asides and sole source contracts. 

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How to get Verify

Verification is performed at no cost to the Veteran.  It is a free service provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. To apply for Verification you must:

Apply online at, https://www.vip.vetbiz.gov

But first, make sure to:

  • View the list of Required Documents for VIP Application. If you cannot provide one or more of the requested documents, you must provide a detailed letter of explanation (DLOE) telling why you cannot provide the requested document.
  • Obtain a free D&B ID number, known as a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) through Dun & Bradstreet.

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What is the DBE Program?

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Eligibility criteria for the DBE Program

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What is the CERT Program?

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What is the TG/ED/VO Small Business Procurement Program?

The State of Minnesota Department of Administration’s Office of State Procurement (OSP) operates a program for Targeted Group (TG), Economically Disadvantaged (ED) and Veteran-Owned (VO) small businesses. The commissioner of Administration periodically designates businesses that are majority-owned and operated by women, persons with a substantial physical disability, or specific minorities as targeted group businesses within purchasing categories as determined by the commissioner.

TG, ED and VO small businesses must be certified as such by OSP in order to participate in the program. Once certified, TG, ED and VO small businesses may be eligible for price preferences in selling their products or services or bidding on construction projects to the state. TG, ED and VO small businesses may be eligible to be counted towards subcontracting goals on construction projects and professional service contracts.

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Benefits of the TG/ED/VO Small Business Procurement Program

Targeted Group, Economically Disadvantaged and Veteran-Owned vendors are added to the state's vendor list, and are listed in the Directory of Certified Targeted Group, Economically Disadvantaged and Veteran-Owned Vendors.

Certified Targeted Group small businesses

  • May be eligible for up to 6% preference in selling their products or services or bidding on construction projects to the state in accordance with the Commissioner's designation of eligible businesses.
  • Subcontract with prime contractors for construction or consulting services.
  • May also be eligible to participate in similar state-funded programs operated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN/DOT) and several Metropolitan Agencies.

Certified Economically Disadvantaged small businesses

  • May be eligible for up to 6% preference in selling their products or services or bidding on construction projects to the state.
  • Subcontract with prime contractors for construction or consulting services.
  • May also be eligible to participate in a similar state-funded program operated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN/DOT).

Certified Veteran-Owned small businesses

  • May be eligible for up to 6% preference in selling their products or services or bidding on construction projects to the state.
  • Subcontract with prime contractors for construction or consulting services
  • May also be eligible to participate in similar state-funded programs operated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN/DOT) and several Metropolitan Agencies.

Last update 8/24/17

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Eligibility criteria for the TG/ED/VO Small Business Procurement Program

 

Targeted Group small business

  • The business must be at least 51% owned by a woman, racial minority, or person with a substantial physical disability.
  • The business must be operated and controlled on a day-to-day as well as long-term basis by the qualifying owner. In other words, ownership is not enough; operational control is also required.
  • The business must be Minnesota-based and small as set by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Economically Disadvantaged small business

Veteran-Owned small business

  • The business must be at least 51% owned by a veteran or service-disabled veteran as determined by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Veteran Verification).
  • In addition, the business must be operated and controlled on a day-to-day as well as long-term basis by the qualifying owner. In other words, ownership is not enough; operational control is also required.
  • The business must be Minnesota-based and small as set by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Additional eligibility criteria for the above programs are contained in Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1230. You may obtain a copy by calling the OSP HelpLine at 651-296-2600.

Last update 8/24/17

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How to get certified as a TG/ED/VO Small Business Procurement Program

Complete the MN Department of Administration TG/ED/VO Small Business Procurement Program Application and submit it to the Office of State Procurement (OSP) office in St. Paul, MN, along with the information required on the Supplemental Information Sheet that is attached to the application.

Last update 8/24/17

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For more information

State of Minnesota Department of Administration’s Office of State Procurement (OSP) website.

Additional information about the program and state purchasing can be obtained by contacting the OSP Helpline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 651-296-2600.

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Last update 8/24/17

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