Who Gets Certified
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a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the
American economy and access the federal procurement market.
HubZone Small Business
are those small businesses located in “historically underutilized” business zones
(areas of high and persistent unemployment.) Not only must the business be located in one
of these zones, but also be at least 35 percent of the employees must reside in a zone.
Hub zones also includes lands within the external boundaries of an Indian reservation.
To obtain HubZone status, a company must apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration
and be certified as such
Minority Owned Business Enterprise
are businesses located in the United States that are 51% owned, controlled and operated by
one or more minority group members. Minority group members are U.S. citizens who are
Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans
Service-Disabled Veteran Small Businesses
are those small businesses owned by one or more Veterans. To be further classified as
Service-Disabled in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 101(2), the Veteran or Veterans must have a
disability/ or disabilities that are Service connected as defined by 38 U.S.C. 101(16).
a U.S. business, owned and operated by a U.S. citizen, that is smaller than a given size as
measured by its employment, business receipts, or business assets as defined by the U.S.
Small Business Administration.
Small Disadvantaged Business
a business that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are both
socially and economically disadvantaged. To qualify as a SDB, a company must receive
a formal certification letter from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
those individuals who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias
because of their identity as members of the following groups: Black Americans, Hispanic
Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans and
Members of other groups designated by the SBA.
Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
are those small businesses which are (1) 51 percent or more owned by one or more Veterans
(as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(2) or, in the case of any publicly owned business, 51 percent
or more of the stock is owned by one or more veterans; and (2) the management and daily
business operations are controlled by one or more Veterans.
Women-owned Small Business:
Women-owned Small Business means a small business concerns (a Which is at least 51 percent
owned by one or more women or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the
stock of which is owned by one or more women lb) Whose management and daily
business operations are controlled by one or more women.