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The Federal Government is required to reserve a fair proportion of its total purchases and contracts for property and services for small business concerns.
The Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Certification Program is one of two SBA programs targeted towards providing business assistance to small disadvantaged businesses.
SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms; it was created to help eligible small disadvantaged businesses become independently competitive in the federal procurement market.
The Mentor-Protoge Program is designed to enhance the capabilities of eligible 8(a) firms and to improve their ability to successfully compete for and receive federal government contracts.
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program provides federal contracting opportunities for small business concerns located in economically distressed communities
A service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern is a small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more service-disabled veterans.
A veteran-owned small business concern is a small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more veterans.
A women-owned small business concern is a small business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women.
The successful offeror or bidder on contracts valued at $500,000 or more ($1 million for construction) must submit an acceptable subcontracting plan that sets percentage (based on the contract's total value) and dollar goals for the award of subcontracts to small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, HUBZone, small disadvantaged business and women-owned small business concerns. (Note: Small business concerns receiving prime contracts are exempt from this requirement.)