If you are a veteran or a service-disabled veteran, there are many opportunities for you and your small business. It is important to certify your small business as Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) or Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) so you can take advantage of the resources designed especially for your business.
As a VOSB or SDVOSB, your business may qualify for federal government contracting set asides. Obtaining government contracts is an excellent way to grow a small business. Visit http://www.sba.gov/content/register-government-contracting to learn more about the registrations required and the steps to start bidding for federal government contracts.
Service Disabled Veteran-owned business may be able to become a part of the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern (SDVOSBC) program. This procurement program was set aside for SDVOSBC and provides that federal contracting officers may restrict competition to SDVOSBCs and award a set-aside contract where certain criteria are met. For more information about the SDVOSBC, visit http://www.sba.gov/content/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-business-concerns-sdvosbc.
If you still have questions you can contact the Small Business Development Center at USF, which is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a partnership with higher-education institutions, economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and other organizations dedicated to economic prosperity through small business success. www.sbdctampabay.com