Help and Frequently Asked Questions (updated June 2017)
SBA requires that only the qualified Business Owners apply and maintain the information required to participate in our contracting programs. The qualifying Business Owner will be required to electronically sign applications, asserting that the information is correct and that the Owner is authorized to enter into legal agreements with the Federal Government. Your business profile may contain sensitive business and personal information that should not be shared with others.
What is certify.SBA.gov?
Certify.SBA.gov allows Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs) to more easily manage eligibility documents for the WOSB Federal Contract Program. More functionality will be added as other programs, such as the All Small Mentor Protégé Program, 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program, and the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Programs are introduced into the system.
I am a contracting officer, how do I verify a WOSB firm's eligibility?
The contracting officer functionality is now available. Click the "government signup/login" to get started. View the Contracting Officer User Guide for step by step instructions.
What is "self-certification"?
Self-certification for the WOSB Federal Contract Program means the WOSB and/or EDWOSB firm has not used a Third Party Certifier, has completed all requirements required by SBA at certify.SBA.gov and uploaded all the required documents for the WOSB program for their business type. The firm must be registered in SAM.gov (www.sam.gov) and has answered the appropriate SAM questions found in the Representations and Certifications section, FAR 52.212-3, and Small Business Program Representations section, FAR 52.219-1. When all of these conditions have been met, then the WOSB/EDWOSB can affirm to the Contracting Officer they are self-certified for the respective category in which they are competing.
HUBZone Map - Now Online!
SBA launched the new Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) map. The HUBZone map is the first step in the HUBZone modernization effort as part of the Certify platform.
The new HUBZone map allows small businesses to determine if their principal office and 35% of their employees are located within a HUBZone area. The new map features the latest regulation changes to the HUBZone Program, updates to designations until June 2017 and new features to improve usability an the users' experience.
Can I submit my HUBZone online application through certify.sba.gov?
No. We are working to include the HUBZone Program into the Certify Platform in the future. For now, use the new map to:
1. See whether your principal office, and your employees addresses are located in a Qualified HUBZone.
2. If an address is within a HUBZone, from the map, you can download the Printable Version needed for your application.
The SBA will evaluate your application throughly using the data from the new HUBZone map.
How do I submit my HUBZone online application?
For now, you must connect to the HUBZone Certification Tracking System (HCTS) in order to submit your HUBZone application. Log in to HCTS using SBA's General Login System. For help with the HUBZone Application please visit the HUBZone Program section on the SBA.gov portal.
How does the HUBZone map work?
The new HUBZone map includes a Help section that provides an overview of the tool, and answers to the most frequently asked questions.
All Small Mentor Protégé Program
Applicants are required to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting their Mentor or Protégé application. Applicants (both prospective Protégés and Mentors) will be required to complete an online training module as part of the application process, and to submit a certificate of completion before they are allowed to begin the application process.
HUBZone Map - Now Online!
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