Self-Certified as an SDB? You Could be Making a False Claim Without Knowing It

January 10, 2018
Category: Certifications

Know for sure if you’re a Small Disadvantaged Business before making this claim to the government.


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self-certified SDB

Did you self-certify as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) when you registered your vendor profile in SAM.GOV? Are you indeed an SDB according to the federal government’s definition in 13 CFR 124.1002? 

We have found that many small businesses tick the SDB box during SAM.GOV registration without understanding its true definition. Without meeting the criteria outlined in 13 CFR 124.1002, small businesses self-certifying as a Small Disadvantaged Business are technically making a false claim to the government. 

Benefits of Being a Small Disadvantaged Business

If you are truly a Small Disadvantaged Business, there is a strong chance that you may qualify for some additional benefits from the government. These include a certification in the SBA’s 8(a) nine-year business development program as well as support through the SBA’s 7J Management and Technical Assistance Program

You can determine if you are potentially eligible for 8(a) and other SBA certifications by answering questions using the “Am I Eligible” wizard located at