Increase your chances of getting awarded a contract through certifications.

There are many types of certifications. Now more than ever, organizations are committing to the social responsibility of including diverse companies in their procurement process. It is vital to understanding if you qualify for any of the disadvantaged business categories of certifications these organizations follow.
 

What is a disadvantaged business?

  • Business owners with a personal net worth that does not exceed $1.32 million and a business-size with an average annual gross receipt, not to exceed $23.98 million.
  • 51% minority and/or woman ownership of a business, a minority group member is an individual who is at least 25% Asian, Black, Hispanic, or Native American.
  • 51% veteran-owned company and must have been honorably discharged from service or identified as a service-disabled veteran.
  • 51% of LGBT owned company that controls, manages, operates, and owns.

    If you comply with these requirements, you are eligible to get certified.

    These are the following reasons to get certified.

    • You vet yourself out of competition
    • Have more exposure to the chosen organizations database
    • In most cases, there is a percentage preference in the awarded contract decision process.
    • Organizations look for you to fulfill their supplier diversity requirements.
    • You have a better chance of getting a one on one with decision-makers to increase your possibilities of getting awarded a contract

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