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Special Business Designations

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE): The DBE is federally mandated by the Department of Transportation to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of Federal contracts. The program creates a level playing field for small companies that are Black, Hispanic, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, Subcontinent Asians, or women owned. Also known as DBE/WBE certification. WBE stands for Women Business Enterprise. Questions? Contact: David Cloutier (DOT) at 603-271-6612.

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB): The SDB program is administered by the Small Business Administration. It was created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy by providing advantages and benefits in the federal procurement process

8(a)Business Development: The SBA 8(a) program is for Small Disadvantaged Businesses that show great potential for success in government contracting.  After approval of a substantial application, the company enters into a 9 year partnership with the SBA to develop and grow their business.

Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB and EDWOSB): The SBA defines WOSB and EDWOSB as businesses owned and controlled by a woman or women. Criteria for WOSB include 51% ownership, plus a number standards what must be met to establish control by a woman or women. WOSB that meet a detailed means test for the owners may qualify as EDWOSB. In 83 specific NAICS codes, contracts may be “set-aside” for EDWOSB or WOSB. To be eligible for set-aside solicitations, companies must upload substantiating information to a secure SBA database prior to bidding. The status is self-certifying for non-set-aside contracts.

Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone): The HUBZone program provides contracting assistance to companies located in historically underutilized businesses zones as prescribed by the SBA. The primary purpose of the program is to encourage economic development and increase employment in these distressed urban and rural areas. Certified business qualify for: 1. Competitive Hubzone contracts 2. sole source Hubzone contracts 3. Full and Open Competitive Contracts (price evaluation preference).

Veteran-Owned Businesses

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB): The Department of Veterans Affairs has distinctly different small business programs for Veterans and Service-Disabled Veterans, has broad powers to preferentially select SDVOSB and VOSB contractors, and has contracting goals for both VOSB and SDVOSB. There are also differences in the some of the definitions and criteria. The remaining federal agencies have some ability to set-aside contracts for SDVOSB, have goals for doing business with SDVOSB, and are required to report contracts with VOSB. SBA Veterans Programs  VA Veterans Programs

Below are some helpful links to organizations that offer free assistance:

The Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE): The CVE provides a database that complies all veteran-owned small businesses and service-connected disabled veteran-owned businesses. The center also provides Vendor Information Pages that promote registered veteran-owned businesses to prime contractors and to the federal government. The CVE website provides links to the federal procurement pages, assistance program pages and more.

The Veterans Corporation (TVC): TVC provides veteran-owned small businesses and service-connected veteran-owned businesses with resources for education opportunities, capital, surety boding, insurance and prescription coverage, advertising, business formation and other business services. They also provide a veterans business directory and a veteran business incubator.

Northeast Veteran-Owned Resource Network (NVOBN): The NVOBN provides networking with other veteran-owned businesses, collaboration on bid development and exposure to government agencies and prime contractors. NVOBN members can receive business event notification via email.

Additional Information About the SBA

Small Business Goals and Progress Reports: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is responsible for the management and oversight of the small business procurement process across the Federal Government. SBA negotiates with Federal departments concerning their prime contracting goals and achievement with small businesses to ensure that small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to provide goods and services to the Federal Government.



NH-PTAP, which serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center is funded in part by a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency. The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of, or imply endorsement, by DOD or DLA. NH-PTAP is also funded by the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development and operates as a program within the Division of Economic Development.

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