Orlando, FL (PRWEB) January 11, 2013
In 1999, Congress passed Public Law 106-50, which established the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act. The goal was to generate 3% of the total value of all prime contracts and subcontract awards to be set-aside for owned and controlled Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses. Congress continued to recognize the needs of U.S. Veterans by passing the Veterans Benefits Act on December 16, 2003. The Veteran Benefits Act was a specialized procurement program that gave federal procurement officers the ability to restrict the competition to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. These contract set-asides would be awarded to these Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses that could meet the criteria of the procurement program. Once passed by Congress, the Small Business Administration (SBA) established a program now known as the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Program (SDVOSBC).
The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Program (SDVOSBC) requires a business owner to prove ownership and control, as well as establish guidelines for sole source and set-aside procurement opportunities. The Vendor Information Pages (VIP) at VETBIZ.gov (Veteran Online Business Registry) will require the Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV) to meet the following specifications to be considered eligible for the SDVOSBC program:
- Must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Department of Defense
- Must be considered small under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to procurement
- The Service Disabled Veteran must unconditionally own 51%, control and manage daily operations, and hold the highest officer position in their business
Most businesses seeking federal contracts are oblivious to the benefits that the federal government currently have available to them. When registering for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Concern Program it is important that all the required documentation is provided. Not providing the proper documentation or completing the registration properly can completely derail the efforts of the applicant. To ensure a business provides all accepted documentation for certification, most businesses decide to use a third party registration firm to help facilitate the process. Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration commented, “Registering a business as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business gives them the opportunity to take advantage of this relatively new policy. Veteran Affair awards have increased dramatically in the past few years due to the VA’s special priority to develop Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses in America. That 3% available to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business is more than 15 billion dollars annually of paramount contracting dollars. US Federal Contractor Registration will register a business in SAM, get that business certified as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, and market their business directly to federal buyers.”
A business must first be registered in System for Award Management (SAM) to be approved to receive federal contracting awards. SAM Registration must be completed before a Service-Disabled Veteran can register his or her business at VETBIZ.gov. In July of 2012, SAM replaced the past procurement website of CCR.gov (Central Contractor Registration) to start the merger of all government procurement websites. According to SAM.gov, FBO.gov, WDOL (Wage Determinations Online), eSRS/FSRS (Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System/FFATA Sunaward Reporting System), and CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) are said to be incorporated into SAM in 2013 and 2014. US Federal Contractor Registration will register a business in SAM as well as create a business's VETBIZ.gov registration to qualify for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Program (SDVOSBC). Woah...Did everyone get all that? Mr. Knellinger goes on to state, “The complexity of the process is why so many veterans have failed to complete the registration. Veterans that have given so much for our country find these types of roadblocks when they try to access their entitled set-asides. This is exactly why we at US Federal Contractor Registration specialize in Veteran Owned and Disabled Veteran Owned business registrations. We want to make sure that the men and women that gave so much, get what is rightfully theirs.”
US Federal Contractor Registration is currently offering a free evaluation and review of vendors' government registration, including their SAM registration. During the evaluation, a Placement Specialist will review the company's government contractor registration to ensure it is complete, contains the correct information and is optimized to help them win government contracts.
US Federal Contractor Registration's BBB rating is an A- thanks to the quality of their service and responsiveness to customers. To request a free evaluation and assessment by a Placement Specialist for your business, call the Contractor Helpline at (877) 252-2700 Ext. 1 or visit our website at https://www.uscontractorregistration.com/.