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If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran entrepreneur, you will want to understand the programs available to help you succeed in government contracting. There are many preferred small business certifications available to veterans through various local, state, and federal agencies.

Within the federal government, there are two distinct programs – the government-wide Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern (SDVOSBC) Program and the VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program – each offering unique opportunities and benefits.

The SDVOSBC Program is a self-certifying preferred small business designation that provides government agencies the ability to set acquisitions aside for exclusive competition among SDVOSB concerns, as well as the authority to make sole source awards to SDVOSB concerns, if certain conditions are met.

The Veterans First Contracting Program is administered by the Depart ment of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE). This is the only program that gives first priority to veterans and the only program that provides a preference for veteran business owners who are not service-disabled. The VA is one of the largest federal procurement organizations, awarding over $3 billion to veteran-owned small businesses. To qualify for this program, businesses must submit an application and be found eligible through the VA’s Verification process.

Take a few minutes to learn about these programs (click here for more info), and then contact your local FSBDC Government Contracting Services Specialist to determine how your business can best take advantage of the opportunities these programs offer to veterans.

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