San Juan Federal Contracting - 8(a) and HUBZone Certifications

Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

The U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Defense, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration are taking steps to simplify the federal contracting process by creating an integrated database of small businesses that want to do business with the federal government. The integration of the existing Pro-Net and DOD's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) databases will create one portal for entering and searching small business sources and will assist small businesses with marketing their goods and services to the federal government. The integration began January 1, 2004. Registration in CCR is now a requirement for federal contracts. Within SBA, Pro-Net will be superseded by the Small Business Source System, an internal database of businesses certified by SBA as participants in the 8(a), HUBZone and SDB programs. Businesses will no longer have to self-certify as small businesses. The SBSS system will perform calculations necessary to determine whether companies are small, based on employment or revenue information entered into CCR. Firms will update their records on the CCR Update Web page and should follow the links and directions found there. For more information about CCR, please visit the CCR Web site.

SUB-Net

Prime contractors will use SUB-Net to post subcontracting opportunities. These may or may not be reserved for small business, and they may include either solicitations or other notices -- for example, notices of sources sought for teaming partners and subcontractors on future contracts. Small businesses can review this web site to identify opportunities in their areas of expertise. While the web site is designed primarily as a place for large businesses to post solicitations and notices, it can also be used by Federal agencies, state and local Governments, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and even small businesses for the same purpose.

Apply Online for 8(a) / SDB Certification

We are excited about introducing the 8(a)/SDB Electronic application. We hope that this process will revolutionize the way the Business Development Program Office oversees 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business certification, and that the process will prove to be a more streamlined, user-friendly, and easier method for the applicant to apply for certification.

FedBizOpps

Federal contract opportunities over $25,000 are listed in FedBizOpps, a government maintained electronic database. If you are looking for government contract opportunities, it is important that you become familiar with this electronic tool. FedBizOpps.gov is a single government point-entry (GPE) for federal government procurement opportunities. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet. Through one portal - FedBizOpps (FBO) - commercial vendors seeking federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire federal contracting community. To access FedBizOpps visit: www.fedbizopps.gov.

HUBZone Empowerment Program

Visit SBA's National HUBZone site for a description of the HUBZone Program, including how to find out if you are located in a HUBZone, and how to apply for HUBZone Certification. HUBZones are determined by census tracts which have street by street boundaries. For this reason, we strongly suggest the use of our HUBZone locator system to define the boundaries of each HUBZone. The HUBZone locator can be accessed at the SBA Web site http://map.sba.gov/hubzone/init.asp#address

Apply Online for HUBZone Certification