The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently unveiled Certify.SBA.Gov, a new website intended to streamline the application process for government contracting. The site allows some forms to be filled out electronically, reducing the burden of printing, scanning and uploading. The SBA says documents uploaded for one program can be reused for another, too.
Women contractors can now more easily manage the certification process through the site, including third party certifications, as part of the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program. And the site’s “Am I Eligible?” tool allows small businesses to determine if such programs as the WOSB Program, the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone Program or the 8(a) Business Development Program are a good fit.
Businesses obtain HUBZone certification, in part, by employing workers from an economically distressed zone. This designation carries multiple benefits: Prime contracts of more than $550,000 require subcontracting plans that use HUBZone contractors. HUBZone certified small businesses also enjoy a 10 percent price preference when competing against larger businesses.
The 8(a) Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses, not necessarily minority-owned firms, better compete in the federal contract marketplace through certain preferences.
The SBA says it will continue to add features to the site.
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