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Government Contracting and Certification

September 2015 Edition

Want to get "Federal Business Certified"?  Do any of these apply to you (profit AND nonprofit companies)?

  • 8A Business Development. Receive sole source contracts up to $5,500,000 each with no bidding;
  • Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB);
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB);
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
  • Historically Underutilized Business (HUBZone). You can receive sole source contracts up to $3,500,000 each with no bidding.
  • Woman Business Enterprises (WBE)
  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

Derigo, LLC can help!

“Government contracting.” “Small business certification.” You’ve heard the phrases before, but what do they really mean? And does it really matter for your profit or nonprofit small business? Maybe – and maybe not. Let’s define these phrases for your entrepreneurial endeavors.

What is government contracting?

Government contracting is the process that lets you sell your goods or services to the government and its various agencies. This pertains to both for profit and not for profit companies.  The government has a contract, or agreement, with you whereby it purchases what you do or make. And U.S. government agencies buy a lot from small businesses – nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services each year! From market research to janitorial services to social services, if you want to make the government your customer, there’s a good chance there’s a need for what you offer.

Derigo, LLC can help!

So, what does it mean to be certified as a “small business”?

Being certified as a “small business” is only significant if you’re interested in government contracting. Why? Because there are certain set-asides that the government must adhere to when they’re looking to buy goods or services – there’s a percentage of business set aside for different kinds of companies, including small businesses. (Others include women-owned, veteran-owned, etc.) So if you want to be a contender in the federal marketplace, your small business has to meet official criteria to be eligible for government contracts.

Derigo, LLC can help!

How do I certify my business as small?

First, make sure you do, in fact, have a small business. For most industries, a "small business" is defined either in terms of the average number of employees over the past 12 months, or average annual receipts over the past three years.  Then, when you know you adhere to the size standards, you register for government contracting. This process also serves the purpose of “certifying” your business as small.

Where can I get some help? Contact Derigo, LLC.

Starting out in government contracting can be a daunting task.  Derigo, LLC has staff available to help you so that it is no so overwhelming. 

We are here to help.  Call or email us now.  We can be reached at (916) 626-0827 or via email at

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