For more information, read under the certification category below that your company either holds or may be qualified to hold.
DIS are businesses that are at least 51% owned and controlled by a handicapped individual or service-disabled individual. A handicapped individual is a person who has a physical, mental, or emotional impairment, defect, ailment, disease or disability of a permanent nature, which in any way limits the selection of any type of employment for which the person would otherwise be qualified or qualifiable.
DVETs are businesses that are at least 51% ownedand controlled by one or more disabled veterans, the home office must be located in the United States and the home office cannot be a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm or other foreign based business. A disabled veteran is a veteran of the U.S. Military, Naval or Air service, has a service-connected disability of at least 10% or more and is a state resident.
DBEs are businesses owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged persons as defined by DBE Regulation 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26. All eligible owners must affirm that they are members of a disadvantaged group (for example, an eligible ethnic minority group or female). In addition, the personal net worth of each eligible owner applicant must be less than $750,000, excluding the values of the applicant’s ownership interest in the business seeking certification and the owner’s primary residence.
The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program provides federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in distressed areas.
LGBT-owned businesses are a least 51% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are LGBT individuals certified by the NGLCC (National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) is the exclusive, third-party certification body that verifies that eligible businesses are majority-owned by LGBT individuals, and subsequently grants LGBT Business Enterprises.
MBE businesses are at least 51% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens belonging to certain ethnic minority groups. “Ethnic minority groups” are United States citizens who are Asian, African-American, Hispanic or Native American.
SBA 8(a) businesses are owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual. Under the Small Business Act, certain presumed groups include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Other individuals can be admitted to the program if they show through a “preponderance of the evidence” that they are disadvantaged because of race, ethnicity, gender, physical handicap, or residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society. In order to meet the economic disadvantage test, all individuals must have a net worth of less than $250,000, excluding the value of the business and primary residence.
SBEs are businesses that are smaller than a given size as measured by its employment, and/or business receipts in accordance with the U.S. SBA numerical size standards as defined in the Small Business Size Regulations, 13 CFR PART 121.
SDBs are small businesses that must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual or individuals. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, and Native Americans are presumed to qualify. Other individuals can qualify if they show by a ”preponderance of the evidence” that they are disadvantaged. All individuals must have a net worth of less than $750,000, excluding the equity of the business and primary residence. Successful applicants must also meet applicable size standards for small businesses in their industry.
VET businesses are a least 51% owned, and controlled by U.S. citizens who are Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.