The Small Business Administration offers several Federal small business certifications for any business that would like to become suppliers to the U.S. Government. These valuable certifications help minority-owned companies win contracts in the public sector.
- 8(a) Business Development Program
- Federal HUBZone
- Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
- Woman Owned and Economic Disadvantaged Woman Owned
- Service Disabled Veteran owned
Who is eligible: Primarily small businesses that are owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, who are 'socially and/or economically disadvantaged', and are members of these ethnic minorities (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-Pacific, and Subcontinent Asian), or are women.
The business must be at least 51 percent owned by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals. Ownership needs to be direct, which means that businesses owned by another business or trust that are in turn owned and controlled by a 'disadvantaged' individual don't qualify.
How to apply: Start by contacting the MBDA Business Center-El Paso at 915-351-6232. Our business development specialists will assess your business, provide you with a standardized application and review the most often requested documents to support your minority status claim.
Cost of certification packaging: Varies per certification.