What is Certification?
Certification is a review process designed to ensure that a small business is actually owned, controlled, and operated by the applicants. Most certifications are granted for Minority or Women Owned businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, and Underutilized businesses. Certification agencies implement the processes for government and private sector entities and ensure that only firms that meet eligibility criteria of the individual programs are properly certified.
Who Should Get Certified?
Minority Small Business Owners
Women Small Business Owners
Disabled Veteran Business Owners
Disabled Business Owners
Small Disadvantaged Business Owners
Underutilized Business Owners
What is the Classification of a Small Business?
The SBA defines a small business concern as one that is independently owned and operated, is organized for profit, and is not dominant in its field. Depending on the industry, size standard eligibility is based on the average number of employees for the preceding twelve months or on sales volume averaged over a three-year period. Examples of SBA general size standards include the following:
- Manufacturing: Maximum number of employees may range from 500 to 1500, depending on the type of product manufactured;
- Wholesaling: Maximum number of employees may range from 100 to 500 depending on the particular product being provided;
- Services: Annual receipts may not exceed $2.5 to $21.5 million, depending on the particular service being provided;
- Retailing: Annual receipts may not exceed $5.0 to $21.0 million, depending on the particular product being provided;
- General and Heavy Construction: General construction annual receipts may not exceed $13.5 to $17 million, depending on the type of construction;
- Special Trade Construction: Annual receipts may not exceed $7 million; and
- Agriculture: Annual receipts may not exceed $0.5 to $9.0 million, depending on the agricultural product.
Why is it Beneficial for Your Company?
No matter what business a person has started they must have clientele in order to have it function. While many business owners think about patrons or other businesses to be able to sell their goods and services too, many forget that Government Agencies and Large Corporations are businesses as well. They buy and utilize the same services just in a larger realm depending on the order. For example the government buys products such as cheese, snacks, coffee, gym shoes, towels, t-shirts, and more. But they also purchases services such as Information Technology software, cleaning services, human resource, training and development, and more.
Most business owners have to look at the buying power of the government and corporations as if you buy it for your company than the government and large corporations buys the same just in larger quantities sometimes. That is why at Taylor Made Industries we have the philosphy that a business has the government in their back pocket taking money in taxes, etc. so why not have them in your front pocket making a profit off the same services you provide for other people and businesses.
What Type of Businesses does the Government and Corporation Utilize?
Green Products & Services
When Should You Get Certified
Depending on your State, Local and Federal Government many will allow for you to get certified as soon as you begin your business. Others will require that your company must be in business for a minimum of 1 year if you have prior education and experience to qualify
Where Do You Go to Get Certified?
Every State is required by law to provide these certifications. At Taylor Made Industries we work to help you to complete this important paperwork correctly.
Taylor Made Industries provides three types of assistive services:
We complete the entire paperwork process for you in a timely manner
We provide one-on-one consulting services to walk you through the process
We provide on-site training clasesses to guide you through the paperwork process and answer any questions
What types of Certifications are available?
State & Local
Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE)
People with Disability Business Enterprise (PDBE)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
Small Business Administration 8(a)
Hub Zone Certification
Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)
National Minority Supplier Development Council
Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council (GCMSC)
Great Plains Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GPMSDC)
Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC)
MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council (MAMBDC)
Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)
National Affiliate Portal QA (NAPQA)
Open Systems NAP Training Site (OSNTS)
Puerto Rico Minority Supplier Development Council (PRMSDC)
Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (RMMSDC)
South Region Minority Supplier Development Council (SRMSDC)
Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council (SMSDC)
Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC)