Veterans Certification Programs (SDVOSB & VOSB)


The Federal government has a 3% goal for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses. For every agency except the Department of Veterans (VA) and Federal Aviation Administration, SDVOSB status is self-represented in the System for Award Management (SAM). The VA and FAA require that SDVOSBs and Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) be verified as such with the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE)

VOSBs and SDVOSBs have preference when contracting with the VA. The Vets First Contracting Program requires that the VA first seek VOSBs and SDVOSBs for contracting opportunities with the VA. Additionally, the VA has a 17% prime contracting goal for VOSBs and a 15% goal for SDVOSBS. The VA also has a 5% goal for VOSBs and 3% for subcontracts with its large prime contractors. However, in order to count towards these goals, the veteran business must first become verified with CVE.

Learn more about the Government-wide SDVOSB program at

Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Verification Program
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Has Special Authority for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business/Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB/VOSB) Set-aside and Sole Source Contracts. Explore how to do business and get verified with the VA at Click the following link to view the online VetBiz portal to see if your Veteran Owned or Service Disabled Veteran Owned business qualifies for the program.

For additional information on this topic, please contact Benjamin Blanc ( or Mark Dennis ( on WPI’s staff, or call WPI at 414-270-3600.

VA-Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization Newsletter – Veteran-Owned Small Businesses can receive the latest news, information, and resources relevant to the Veteran small business community via our newsletter — @VAVetBiz NEWS. (April 2021)