As a United States Veteran who owns a business, a Veteran-Owned Business Certification will give you the advantage necessary to sell to government agencies at the Federal, State, and Local level. Additionally, you will receive access to millions of dollars of federal spending set aside expressly for VOSB Certified entities.

Veteran-Owned Certification Overview

To give profound thanks to Veterans in the United States, Federal and State governments hope to provide extensive support and assistance for their outstanding duty in keeping the country safe. This led the U.S. Government to certify Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and help them reach success within their industry.

Programs such as the Vets First Verification Program give your company the status of being “Veteran-Owned Small Business Certified.” Not only does this help you succeed in Government areas, but it will also help you increase yearly revenue, be seen by more consumers, receive national recognition, and expand your company for the future. 

Veteran-Owned Certification Overview

To give profound thanks to Veterans in the United States, Federal and State governments hope to provide extensive support and assistance for their outstanding duty in keeping the country safe. This led the U.S. Government to certify Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and help them reach success within their industry.

Programs such as the Vets First Verification Program give your company the status of being “Veteran-Owned Small Business Certified.” Not only does this help you succeed in Government areas, but it will also help you increase yearly revenue, be seen by more consumers, receive national recognition, and expand your company for the future. 

This article will dissect the different types of Veteran-Owned Business Certifications at the Federal, State, and Local levels and how they help your entity succeed in a demanding environment.

While this certification can be done alone, GSE proudly offers expert support services to assist businesses with registration, certification, and contract updates. With decades of experience helping companies simplify VBE/VOSB/SDVOSB Certifications, we have the knowledge to help you every step of the way. To see if your business qualifies, contact us at any time.

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How to Get Veteran-Owned Business Certified

Veterans owning small businesses willing to research and complete the lengthy certification process may do so independently. You can file for a Federal Veteran-Owned Business status through the SBA.

Both Federal and State Certifications require an incredible amount of information, and it all must be flawlessly collected. However, if you submit your certification applications with errors, you may have to restart the registration process entirely under even more complicated guidelines. 

That’s where Government Services Exchange (GSE) can help your business flourish. 

GSE has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients in receiving VBE, VOSB, and SDVOSB Certifications.

Our mission at Government Services Exchange (GSE) is to take our clients to the next level of business success by exchanging ideas, guiding and navigating them through the world of government contracting, and teaming up on long-term plans that involve profound government work with a purpose.

Our specialized consultants will work with you to steer through the complicated process of becoming a certified Veteran-Owned Small Business at the Federal or State level.

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The Vets-First Verification Program

To get your business certified as a Veteran-Owned or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned firm, you must use the Vets First Verification Program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

The Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 gave the VA a unique opportunity to assist the nation’s veterans through procurement of VOSB/SDVOSB set-asides and contracts. With that opportunity, the VFV Program was born.

This program affords verified firms owned and controlled by Veterans the opportunity to compete for VA set-asides. It was put in place to check the eligibility, ownership status, and control of Veteran-Owned Small Businesses throughout the United States. 

This means businesses just like yours who can prove Veteran-Owned status will be put to the top of the line to compete for Government Contracts worth millions. 

How Does the Certification Help My Business?

Getting your organization certified can bring your business growth, revenue, exposure, and access to contract dollars specific to Veteran-Owned Businesses. 

Both Federal and State certified veteran-owned businesses gain access to:

  • A vast network of support
  • Targeted opportunities
  • Increased visibility in corporate and government supply chains
  • Educational programs to spur growth
  • Networking with thousands of other veteran-owned businesses. 

How Does the Certification Help My Business?

Getting your organization certified can bring your business growth, revenue, exposure, and access to contract dollars specific to Veteran-Owned Businesses. 

Both Federal and State certified veteran-owned businesses gain access to:

  • A vast network of support
  • Targeted opportunities
  • Increased visibility in corporate and government supply chains
  • Educational programs to spur growth
  • Networking with thousands of other veteran-owned businesses. 

Who is Considered a United States Veteran?

To be considered a Veteran of the United States, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Served on active duty with the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard for any period and didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge
  • Served as a Reservist or member of the National Guard and were called to federal active duty or disabled from a disease or injury that started or got worse in the line of duty
  • If you meet these qualifications and veterans run 51 percent of the ownership of your business, you could qualify for a VOSB Certification.
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Types of Veteran-Owned Business Certifications

Federal Certifications like the VOSB and SDVOSB offer the most lucrative opportunities for Veteran business owners. However, specific qualifications make these certifications tough to receive for some companies.
That’s where State Certifications such as the Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) can be perfect for growing businesses. Check out the different options available to Veteran-Owned Businesses looking to get certified.

  • Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) Certification

    Similar to the VOSB Certification, but at the State Level, this creates easier access for veteran-owned businesses that are not quite ready to take on the Federal sector.

  • Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Certification

    The holy grail of Federal Certifications, the VOSB Certification, will set your Veteran-Owned business up to receive 5% off all Government contracting dollars.

  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Certification

    The SDVOSB will set your business up to receive millions in contracts for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses considered service disabled.

Can Any Business Get Veteran-Owned Certified?

Qualifications of all Veteran-Owned Business Certifications are very similar; however, as mentioned before, the State level certifications are far easier to obtain. The qualifications for each are below.

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)

  • Be a small business according to SBA size standards
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by a United States Military Veteran
  • Have a Veteran manage day-to-day operations who also make long-term decisions

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

  • Meet all the requirements of the VOSB Federal Contracting program
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans
  • Have one or more service-disabled veterans manage day-to-day operations who also make long-term decisions
  • Eligible veterans must have a service-connected disability

Veteran-Business Enterprise (VBE)

  • Owners are U.S. Veterans
  • Own a for-profit business located in the United States
  • 51% owned by a Veteran, or a group of Veterans who are verified owners
  • The top executive officer, responsible for daily operations, is a Veteran with technical expertise

If you think your Veteran-Owned Small Business qualifies to become certified in any sector, call (866) 850-1710 to get the process started.

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