Small Business Federal Set-Asides
The Small Business Act made it possible for small businesses to compete in the federal marketplace. Not only is the government required to set aside a specific percentage of its contracts (23% as of 2016), but it also sets aside within these set-aside contracts opportunities for specific types of businesses. For example, businesses that qualify for 8(a) or HUBZone designation, or businesses owned and operated by a woman or a service-disabled veteran, can bid on these set-aside contracts. These set-aside contracts are worth billions of dollars in government contracting each year. You’ll find below links to information about each type of federal set-aside, how to qualify for the set-aside certification, and why qualifying for as many as possible increases your chances at winning a government contract.
Part 1: Are you a Small Business?
Part 5: What are Micro-purchases?
Part 6: Do you Qualify for 8(a)?