New SBA website caters to potential government contractors
To improve the application processes for small businesses that want to do business with the federal government, the Small Business Administration has launched certify.sba.gov, a new website that helps women-owned small businesses more easily manage eligibility and certification documents for the WOSB Federal Contract Program.
The new website will allow several forms to be filled out electronically, reducing the burden of printing, scanning and uploading. It will eventually serve additional SBA contracting programs, including the 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Program and others, SBA said in its announcement. As additional certifications are moved into the new system, documents uploaded for one program may be reused for another.
The site also has a questionnaire tool called “Am I Eligible?” that helps entrepreneurs determine whether SBA programs are a good fit for their businesses.
“This new website first focuses on closing market gaps for women entrepreneurs in the federal marketplace,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. It complements other SBA websites including LINC, an online matching service for small business loans, and the Start Up in a Day initiative that makes the permitting and licensing process for entrepreneurs easier.
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