Special Small Business Set Aside Categories
The current government-wide procurement goal stipulates that at least 23 percent of all federal government contracting dollars should be awarded to small businesses. In addition, targeted sub-goals are established for small business categories, including: Women-Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and HUBZone.
Women-Owned Small Business
The Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) Federal Contract Program was implemented to expand the number of industries WOSB were able to compete for business with the federal government. The program allows for Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs and WOSBs to compete for federal contracts in industries where women-owned businesses are underrepresented.
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Program was established to assist these businesses to participate in government contracts. In order to be eligible, the company must be 51 percent owned by a Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV), and the SDV must control the management and daily operations, as well as hold the highest officer position of the company.
8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business
The 8(a) Business Development Program provides assistance to small disadvantaged businesses to firms that are owned and controlled, at least 51 percent by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Some of the groups recognized as socially disadvantaged include: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including American Indians, Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians), Asia Pacific Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans.
Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. HUBZone businesses must be located in a designated area and 35 percent of its employees must reside in the HUBZone. The state of Hawaii has numerous HUBZones, which can be checked here.
Data Analysis Tool – Find Companies in Special Categories
Select a special category
in Box A, a 6 digit NAICS code in Box B, or a state where the org./ business is physically
located, e.g. HI for Hawaii based companies (Box C). A list of org./ businesses will appear in Box
D that have received prime contract awards over the last 12 months. If you select a specific org./
business in Box D, a list of that entity’s contracts will appear in Section E.