VetBiz Certification Faqs
The Vets First Contracting Program was created for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and expanded the Service-Disabled Veteran contracting program for VA procurement’s.
The Veteran business owner and the Government mutually benefit from this program. Upon approval, the Program Participant has documented proof of eligibility. This gives confidence to VA that set-asides are being awarded to legitimate firms owned and controlled by Veterans or Service-Connected Disabled Veterans.
Approved firms are eligible to participate in Veteran-Owned Service-Disabled (VOSB) and SDVOSB set-asides issued by VA. They are eligible to subcontract with VA’s large prime contractors in acquisitions where additional evaluation credit.
The VA is one of the largest procurement organizations in the Federal Government and annually, this Department spends over $3 Billion with eligible Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. That’s a lot of opportunity.
If you would like a VA VetBiz Program eligibility analysis, please take our online VetBiz eligibility questionnaire.
You are also welcome to review the basic eligibility requirements below.
Generally, to be approved into the VA VetBiz/CVE Program the business must meet these eligibility requirements:
- The Veteran must have unconditional direct ownership of the applicant business.
- The Veteran must hold the highest officer position and is the highest paid employee unless there is a reasonable explanation submitted by the Veteran as to how taking a lower salary than other employee(s) helps the business.
- The Veteran must manage the company on both a strategic policy and a day-to-day basis.
- Non-Veterans cannot control the company.
- The Veteran must have the managerial experience of the extent and complexity needed to run the company.
Keep in mind that each VetBiz/CVE Application is unique and document requirements vary for each VetBiz Application.
For a detailed list of documents needed for your VIP Application, please click here.
Once your application is submitted to the VA for review, you will typically receive an email within a few business weeks that identifies your VA analyst. Your VA analyst, may at this time, request additional information to answer any questions they may have.
This is a normal practice by the VA. If you choose to have us prepare your application, we respond to all formal responses to the VA as part of our service.
Once the VA has determined that your application is deemed as complete, it will take approximately 90 days to be notified of formal VetBiz/CVE Certification by the VA.
A business that receives VetBiz/CVE Certification has a program term of three (3) years from the date of approval.
The business must maintain its VetBiz/CVE Program eligibility during its time in the program and must inform the SBA of any changes that would adversely affect is eligibility.
A business that completes it three (3) year term can renew its certification every three (3) years.
The three (3) year term may be shortened by non-compliance or termination.
To register for a Dun and Bradstreet profile please visit http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. There is no fee to register with Dun and Bradstreet.
You should be able to register for this account and receive a DUNS number very quickly through this link. If you register through http://www.dnb.com it will take longer and they will try to sell you other services you may not need.
In order to get do business with the Federal Government your business must be registered within SAM.GOV.
Registration for a SAM.GOV profile is FREE. You do not need to hire anyone to obtain a SAM.GOV profile. There are some companies, out there, that are charging exorbitant fees ($500+) to do this for you. Stay away from them.
SAM.GOV offer a free guide (PDF Link) on how to properly obtain a SAM.GOV profile.