Government Contracting: Lesson 3

Optional Certifications for Contracting

East Tennessee PTAC counselor, Jutta Bang, discusses optional certifications for contracting. 

Topics:

Video Lesson Topics

- Government Small Business Contracting Goals

The government has small business contracting goals for all agencies. 

  • 23% for small businesses 
  • 5% for women owned businesses
  • 5% for small, disadvantaged businesses
  • 3% for service disabled veteran-owned businesses
  • 3% for HUBZone businesses

- Go-DBE

Tennessee offers various certifications for small, minority-owned, women-owned, service disabled veteran-owned, and person with disabilities owned businesses. These certifications are done through the Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (Go-DBE). There are also self certifications and specialty certifications at the federal level. 

- Federal Contracts

To figure out your eligibility for federal contracts, you can register in the system for award management (SAM). In order to be eligible, you must self-certify that you are a small business or a small disadvantaged business (SDB). An SBD must show social and economic disadvantage. Some certifications that can be applied for with the US Small Business Administration are for:

  • WOSB (Women Owned Small Business)
  • EDWOSB (Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business)
  • Service Disabled Veterans
  • 8A (Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Businesses)
  •  HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) 

Topics & Lessons

Each Below Topic Contains a Video Lesson and Helpful Downloadable Information

2:13

Benefits and Risks

1:55

Getting Started

3:03

Optional Certifications for Contracting

2:58

Capabilities Statements

2:37

PTAC

2:11

HUBZone Certifications

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