Back to Basics: Veteran-Owned Businesses and SDVOSB Eligibility

To honor the sacrifice made by our country’s veterans, the federal government has made it a priority to set aside federal contracting opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB). To qualify for these opportunities, businesses must meet certain specifications in ownership and control. Let’s take a quick look at some the general qualifications needed to qualify as an SDVOSB and bid on SDVOSB set-aside contracts.

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Back to Basics: SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program

If you’re a small business owner interested in government contracts, you’ve probably heard about the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. The 8(a) Program itself is complex, and its eligibility rules are some of stricter rules out there; but its potential benefits are tremendous. In this Back to Basics post, I’ll break down some of the very basics about the 8(a) Program. But don’t worry, not only will I follow this post up with another to unpack more of the complexities, I have also included links throughout this post to other posts doing the same.

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Introducing: SmallGovCon’s “Back to Basics” Series

We at SmallGovCon try to stay cognizant of the fact that there are new federal contractors every day, as well as seasoned companies venturing into the federal government contracting realm every day. As such, we are proudly introducing our new Back to Basics series of posts that will (yes, you guessed it) take you back through some of the basics of various federal government contracting programs, regulations, and procedures. If you are new to federal government contracting, new to specific programs (i.e. 8(a), WOSB, SDVOSB, etc.), a first time protester, or simply looking for a refresher on some of the basics, this series is for you! You can use the category bar on our blog website to find all posts in the Back to Basics series, but also, keep an eye out for new ones!