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Prepare for SBA small business programs:

These checklists provide help before you start the application or continuing eligibility process. You may have to take action and gather documents before starting. Each program has unique criteria and thresholds and may request additional supporting information. To make things easier, gather these documents before you start.

Principals may include the following:

  • Owner(s)
  • Officers
  • Directors
  • Members
  • Partners
  • Key employees

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Preparation Checklist

Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Preparation Checklist

8(a) Business Development (BD) Program Preparation Checklist

Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program Preparation Checklist

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Preparation Checklist


Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Preparation Checklist

Qualifying individual(s) include all women claiming 51% ownership

  • Active registration in the System for Award Management for the firm, available at SAM.gov (Note: The firm’s DUNS number and EIN, and MPIN must exactly match SAM registration)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e., birth certificate, naturalization paper, or unexpired passport) for qualifying individual(s).
  • Resume (optional)
  • Joint Venture agreements if applicable
  • Corporation
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Copies of stock certificates (front and back)
  • Stock Ledger
  • Corporate Bylaws and any amendments
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Operating Agreement and any amendments
  • Articles of Organization and any amendments
  • Partnership
  • Partnership Agreement and any amendments
  • Sole Proprietor
  • DBA (Doing Business As) or Trade Name Certificate

Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Preparation Checklist

Qualifying individual(s) include all women claiming 51% ownership and economic disadvantage

  • Active registration in the System for Award Management for the firm, available at SAM.gov (Note: The firm’s DUNS number and EIN, and MPIN must exactly match SAM registration)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e., birth certificate, naturalization paper, or unexpired passport) for qualifying individual(s)
  • Resume (optional)
  • Joint Venture agreements if applicable
  • Corporation
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Copies of stock certificates (front and back)
  • Stock Ledger
  • Corporate Bylaws and any amendments
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Operating Agreement and any amendments
  • Articles of Organization and any amendments
  • Partnership
  • Partnership Agreement and any amendments
  • Sole Proprietor
  • DBA (Doing Business As) or Trade Name Certificate
  • Personal Financial Information – Required for each woman claiming economic disadvantage and for each woman’s spouse.*
  • A completed and signed IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Tax Transcript
  • Three most recent personal income tax returns (IRS Form 1040) including all schedules
  • Three most recent W-2’s
  • Detailed information regarding the value of all assets (including cash on hand and in banks, accounts and notes receivable, retirement accounts, stocks, bonds, real estate, personal property, life insurance, and any other assets), liabilities (such as loans, mortgages, tax debts, and any other liabilities), and income (including salary, investment income, real estate income, and any other income)

*Note: SBA may consider a spouse’s financial situation in determining whether qualifying individual(s) are economically disadvantagedwhere the spouse has a role in the business (e.g., an officer, employee or director) or has lent money to, provided credit or financial support to, or guaranteed a loan of the business.

Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program Preparation Checklist

Qualifying individual(s) include all individuals that either own more than 51% of the firm.

  • Active registration in the System for Award Management for the firm, available at SAM.gov (Note: The firm’s DUNS number and EIN, and MPIN must exactly match SAM registration)
  • Signed HUBZone Program Certification Signature Sheet
  • ESOP, Trust, or Franchise Agreement if applicable
  • The firm's signed and dated federal tax returns over the past three years (must include all schedules and attachments)
  • Deed, Lease/Rental Agreement or property records – Covers the date of electronic verification
  • Utility Bill – Covers the date of electronic verification
  • Firm Location List
  • Official Payroll –Covers the date of electronic verification
  • HUBZone Maps of employee’s home address
  • Valid (unexpired) Driver’s License, DMV ID, or Voter Registration cards for each employee residing in a HUBZone –Covers the date of electronic verification
  • Most recent State and Federal Unemployment tax filing/report
  • Employee List
  • Corporation
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Copies of stock certificates (front and back)
  • Stock Ledger
  • Corporate Bylaws and any amendments
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Operating Agreement and any amendments
  • Articles of Organization and any amendments
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Partnership
  • Partnership Agreement and any amendments
  • Sole Proprietor
  • DBA (Doing Business As) or Trade Name Certificate
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e., birth certificate, naturalization paper, or unexpired passport) for qualifying individual(s)
  • Three most recent personal income tax returns (IRS Form 1040) including all schedules

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Preparation Checklist

A Mentor-Protégé relationship should be established before starting the application – this is not a matching program. The Protégé firm must meet the size standard for small in the NAICS code in which they are seeking business development assistance.

  • Active registration in the System for Award Management for the firm, available at SAM.gov (Note: The firm’s DUNS number and EIN, and MPIN must exactly match SAM registration)
  • Electronic versions (in PDF format) of the following documents:
  • Certificates of completion for viewing the All Small MPP training module (mandatory viewing for both the Protégé and the Mentor)
  • Your completed business plan
  • Any active Mentor-Protégé Agreements you have with either the SBA or another federal agency
  • An SBA size redetermination letter if the SBA has ever found you to be “other than small” in the NAICS code in which you’re requesting business development assistance
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