Small business federal certifications are similar to professional certifications; however, federal certifications document specific capabilities & status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Unlike business licenses, you do not need to obtain a federal certifications to legally operate your company. But, in order to take advantage of business opportunities & set-aside federal spending, such as government contracts, you need to obtain a federal certification.
There are different levels of federal spending, such as local, county and federal. There's several opportunities for businesses to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services. Certifying your business will help you compete for government contracts and increase your success. The Federal government sets aside specific contract bidding opportunities, exclusively for small businesses. In order to compete for these contracts, you must get certified!
The federal certifications are as followed:
Sometimes, when a company is first starting off, they may not qualify for a federal certification; however, we can help your company obtain state certifications. Then, after your business has matured, we can help you obtain a federal certification such as a MBE, WBE, SBE and more! Just ask us how!
If your business is an LLC, corporation, partnership, or non-profit corporation, you'll need to register with the state (s) where you conduct business activities. Typically, you’re considered to be conducting business activities in a state when:
A Capability Statement is important because it provides target audiences with specific information about your company that will encourage them to choose your company over your competitors.
A DUNS number is a unique a nine-digit identifier for a business created by credit bureau Dun & Bradstreet. DUNS numbers have become the standard numbering system to identify businesses across the globe. This is required through Dun & Bradstreet prior to obtaining any contracts or federal certifications.
A SAM Registration is a web-based, government-wide registration that collects, validates, stores, and disseminates business information about the federal government's trading partners in support of the contract awards, grants, and electronic payment processes. This registration is required after a DUNS Number is assigned.
GSA is the General Service Administration, they are the business manager for the federal government. They are in charge of all the federal spending in the United States. The GSA is currently awarding small businesses a 5 year NO-BID Contract, which allows you to sell your products and services to the federal government, at your own pricing, which eliminates the public bidding process!