The federal government, in the Small Business Act of 2008, created a number of federal set-aside programs to help smaller, economically and/or socially disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace. The Federal Government has “set-aside” 23% of all government contracting dollars for small business government contractors, and all federal contracts with a value of $150,000 or less are set aside exclusively for small businesses. But the only way to qualify for one of these “set-aside” opportunities is to register as one of these specific economically and/or socially disadvantaged small businesses.
Simplified Acquisition Program™
Think you need help getting the attention of a procurement officer? You’re not alone. Thousands of businesses have used the US Federal Contractor Registration Simplified Acquisition Program™ to create a foothold in the federal marketplace.
The Simplified Acquisition Program includes a government-formatted website which includes business references, vendor’s past performance, testimonials, business pictures and more.
This government-formatted website is designed to help businesses reach procurement officers. A focused website helps inform government buyers of your capabilities better than any other medium and may even be required by some purchasing officers. Decision makers at federal agencies are no different from other customers in this regard. In some circumstances, government buyers are even required by law to perform market research before awarding a contract for products or services!
For answers to commonly asked questions about our Simplified Acquisition Program, or even simplified acquisitions themselves, click here.
The Woman Owned Small Business Program (WOSB) is designed to authorize government contracting officers to set aside certain requirements for competition solely among WOSBs or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). The main difference between these types of businesses is that EDWOSBs are owned women who meet certain critiera to qualify as “economically disadvantaged.”
The SBA defines “economically disadvantaged” as having a personal net worth of less than $750,000, an adjusted gross yearly income averaged over three years that does not exceed $350,000, and no more than $6 million in assets (based on fair market value). Businesses certified as EDWOSBs qualify for extra funding and may be selected in smaller set-aside solicitations pools than businesses certified as WOSBs. Contracting officers must meet annual contracting goals by specifically limiting or setting aside certain solicitations for WOSBs or EDWOSBs.
According to the SBA, the federal government must award 5% (roughly $25 billion) of its prime and subcontract dollars to WOSBs/EDWOSBs. In 2012, WOSBs received a little more than $9 billion over nearly 180,000 federal actions. Due to the newly signed National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, WOSBs now have uncapped contracting potential allowing contracting officers to award contracting dollars above the original Small Business Act limitations. These uncapped contracts are valid to WOSBs and EDWOSBs registered in System for Award Management (SAM).
To be eligible:
- The firm must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women.
- The women must be U.S. citizens.
- The firm must be “small” in its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards for that industry.
- In order for a WOSB to be deemed “economically disadvantaged,” its owners must demonstrate economic disadvantage in accordance with the SBA eligibility requirements.
The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Program (SDVOSBC) requires a business owner to prove ownership and control, as well as establish guidelines for sole source and set-aside procurement opportunities. A business must meet the following specifications to be considered eligible for the SDVOSBC program:
- Must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Department of Defense
- Must be considered small under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to procurement
- The Service Disabled Veteran must unconditionally own 51% control, manage daily operations, and hold the highest officer position in their business
HUBZone Program Registration
If the federal government determines that your business is located in a HUBZone or distressed area, your business is eligible for more federal contracting opportunities, to help increase profit flow to your region. The overall goal is to devote about $15 billion of all federal contracting dollars to HUBZone-certified small businesses.
To qualify for the program, a business (except tribally owned concerns) must:
- Be a small business by SBA standards
- Be owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, or an Indian tribe
- Have a primary location within a “Historically Underutilized Business Zone,” which includes lands considered “Indian Country” and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act
- At least 35 percent of its employees must also reside in a HUBZone.
8(a) Business Development Program Registration
The 8(a) Business Development Program was created to help small disadvantaged businesses win federal government contracts. A business must be socially and economically disadvantaged to apply for this particular federal set-aside program.
Your business must meet these eligibility requirements:
- The business must be majority-owned (51 percent or more) by one or more individual(s).
- The individual(s) must be an American citizen, by birth or naturalization.
- The business must be majority-owned (51 percent or more) and controlled/managed by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s).
- The individual(s) controlling and managing the firm on a full-time basis must meet the SBA requirement for disadvantage, by proving both social disadvantage and economic disadvantage.
- The business must be a small business.
- The business must demonstrate potential for success.
- The principals must show good character.
Separate eligibility requirements exist for a business that American Indians, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, or Certified Development Companies own.
Before SBA can approve an 8(a) Business Develop program application, the disadvantaged individual(s) also must show (prove) how he or she is socially disadvantaged. To prove social disadvantage, the individual(s) owners must ultimately show that such personal experiences had a negative impact on entry into or advancement in the business world.
The largest government-wide contracts are procured through the General Services Administration (GSA). The federal government spends between $30 billion and $40 billion on GSA Schedules, which is roughly 9 percent of its annual procurement expenditures. Businesses list their available goods and services, which procurement officers can access. Instead of issuing an RFQ or RFP, a procurement officer simply can order goods and services directly from you. Think of the GSA Schedule as a catalog from which procurement officers can order for goods and services up to a certain value.
GSA schedules are a great way for businesses to establish long-term connections with contracting officers. The GSA even recommends government contractors use a professional service to help them with all of the paperwork and filing that goes into a GSA Schedule as it is a prolonged and extensive process. Each GSA Schedule is designed to act like a regular private sector commercial buying process. GSA Schedules make it easy to network with federal procurement officers, reduce inventories, create shorter lead time between projects, and provide procurement with more choices.
The GSAP is a contracting program created to provide a business with valuable procurement outreach and small business simplified acquisition processing. The only company qualified to process GSAP registrations is US Federal Contractor Registration.
GSAP includes the completion of a GSA schedule in one of the major 41 categories. GSA Schedules make it easy to network with federal procurement, reduce inventories, create shorter lead time between projects, and provide federal procurement with more choices.
You also get a government-branded website and automatic email notifications about available government contracts in your business’s trade.
DAPA Registration is an agreement between DLA Troop Support and Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) Program suppliers. Registering in DAPA will allow your goods and/or services to be used through the MSPV, which in turn is supplied to the DLA. DAPA will create the selling price of a contractor’s services/goods and will legally allow the DLA to distribute the contractor’s products/services to government-wide customers.
The MSPV Program is broken down into two different sections: general DAPAs and equipment DAPAs.
- The general DAPA supports the distribution of medical procedure pharmaceuticals and medicines.
- The equipment DAPA covers medical items that run on multiple power sources (batteries, electric, etc) and include materials such as exam tables, carts, infusion pumps, pulse dosimeters, etc. This program makes it easy for registered government contractors to sell their items to federal consumers as a pricing instrument.
The purpose of WAWF is to streamline communication (including reports and invoices) between a business and government agencies. Registering for WAWF also speeds up the payment process when a business has completed a contract. With WAWF, a government contractor can correct and/or resubmit rejected documents, receive e-mail notifications of awaiting actions, and view their status history with each federal agency for which they have conducted business.
Please feel free to call us at 877-252-2700 ext. 2 with questions about these programs. We also can help you complete the registration(s) and qualify as one of these groups.
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