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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Small Bus Certifications
SBA’s HUBZone program is in line with the efforts of both the Administration and Congress to promote economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more Federal contracting opportunities. To be eligible for the program, a concern must meet all of the following criteria:
- it must be a small business by SBA standards,
- it must be located in a “historically underutilized business zone(HUBZone),
- it must be wholly owned and controlled by person(s) who are U.S. Citizens,
- at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.
8(a)/SDB (Small Disadvantaged Business)
To do business with the Federal government and to be certified under the 8(a) Program or as an SDB, you must register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database, and complete the Small Business Supplemental Page within CCR. As a government-wide single point of vendor registration, CCR is a key aspect of streamlining and integrating electronic commerce into the Federal procurement process. Effective October 1, 2003, Federal Acquisition Regulation require contractors to register in CCR prior to award of any contract, basic agreement, basic ordering agreement, or blanket purchase agreement. It’s easy to register in CCR. Just go to www.ccr.gov and select the “Start a New Registration” button.