Small Business Certifications & Audiences

As the owner of a small business, you may qualify for specific SBA programs based on a variety of factors. Review the information below and determine which programs could apply to you or your geographic place of business.

  • HUBZone Certification

    The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone ...
  • While the SBA doesn't certify Native-owned small businesses, it does certify small businesses considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged under the 8(a) Business Development Program.

  • Learn how SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace.

  • Before you can begin business with the government your business must obtain the proper certifications.

  • The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible women-owned small businesses.

  • Starting a small business is a tremendous opportunity for veterans. The federal government has programs specifically for veterans and the military community.

  • Firms that are considered to be small disadvantaged businesses can compete for certain federal contracting opportunities.

  • Congress has given tribes and Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) unique rights in the Federal procurement process.

  • Small business owners in Hawaii can take part in government contracting opportunities that help to expand businesses as well as target markets.

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