An Introduction to Government Small Business Certifications (2023 Update)

(2 customer reviews)


Format: E-course
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Steven Koprince, Govology
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 1.5 ATCs
APTAC BOK: C.3 Representations and Certifications; C.17 Socio-Economic Programs
*This course was recorded on November 28, 2023.

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This course provides a big-picture overview of small business certifications in the government marketplace. In this course, you will learn about various federal small business certification programs, including Small Business Self Certification, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) & 8(a), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Economic Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB). This course has been updated to reflect recent developments affecting eligibility in the 8(a) Program following a July 2023 federal court decision. We also touch on state and local certification programs and provide information on additional training and resources you can use to develop a deeper understanding and get help with any federal, state, and small business certification program.

After taking this course, you will:

  • learn why certification programs can be helpful for small businesses;
  • learn how to determine if you are eligible for a federal small business certification;
  • understand whether you may be eligible for the 8(a) Program certification following the recent court decision, and how that decision may impact your application;
  • find out where to apply for various federal certifications;
  • learn about various types of state and local certification programs;
  • understand how state and local small business certification programs differ from federal; 
  • learn about additional training and resources to help you navigate federal, state, and local certification programs.

Target Audience: Small business contractors pursuing opportunities in the government marketplace

2 reviews for An Introduction to Government Small Business Certifications (2023 Update)

  1. Patricia Roberts (verified owner)

    All of the Govology-U classes feature fresh content. Even if you heard the course last year, I can assert your education will be expanded yet again!

  2. Melanie Kershner (verified owner)

    I got so much out of this. Thank you very well organized.

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