The federal, state and local governments have created veteran-owned small business programs – allowing a veteran (or service-disabled veteran) business owner to certify
So how can veteran entrepreneurs get
- Verify your business with VETBIZ.gov – and do it TODAY! This program was created to assist veteran business owners in registering
their businesses with theDepartment of Veterans Affairs (VA) and to enable VA contracting officers to easily identify veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses eligible for procurement opportunities.
- After you receive your veteran verification notice, register your business with
theCentral Contractor Registration. This is thegovernment’s general vendor database and thefirst key step in landing government contracts.
- Familiarize yourself with
thegovernment contracting programs for veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses by visiting your local Small Business Administration (SBA) office. There, you can meet with a SBA Veteran Business Development Officer, who is responsible for comprehensive outreach and theexecution and promotion of policies and programs to theAdministration that provide assistance to veteran-owned small businesses.
- Consider marketing your business to agencies beyond
theDepartment of Veterans Affairs, such as theDepartment of Defense (DOD). In an effort to increase government wide contracting support to veteran-owned firms, theDoD is encouraging theuse of Veterans Technology Services (VETS) — a small business set-aside Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) that provides access to IT solutions from a qualified pool of service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. VETS allows for long-term planning of large-scale program requirements while streng thening opportunities for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. If interested, make you review 10 step guide for doing business with the DoD.
- Look into multiple award contracts — also known as Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. IDIQ contracts can be a key enabler for growth since
they can offer repeat business without repeat efforts. Recently enacted rules require federal agencies to set aside contracts and task orders through IDIQ contracts, making this thecontracting vehicle of choice for agencies.