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Business Designations

Federal Government Designations
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
The Women-Owned Small Business Program is administered by the Small Business Administration. The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs).

8(a) Business Development
The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)
The HUBZone program provides contracting assistance to companies located in historically underutilized businesses zones as prescribed by the SBA. The primary purpose of the program is to encourage economic development and increase employment in these distressed urban and rural areas.

Veteran-Owned Businesses
Below are some helpful Links to organizations that offer free assistance:
Veteran Business Registration

The Center for Veterans (CVE)
The Center for Veterans (CVE) provides a database that compiles all veteran-owned small businesses and service-connected disabled veteran-owned businesses.

State Government Designations
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is federally mandated by the Department of Transportation to ensure contract goals in the award and administration of Federal contracts.

TDOT DBE Application:

The Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise
State agencies and departments are required to establish and strive to achieve departmental or agency level internal goals for actively soliciting events (formally Invitations to Bid (ITB) and proposals from minority owned, woman owned, service-disabled veteran owned and small businesses enterprises.

The Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (Go-DBE) is the central point of contact to attract and assist minority owned, women owned, service-disabled veteran owned and small business enterprises. The goal of this office is to increase the number of certified minority, women owned, small business and service-disabled veteran owned businesses desiring to compete successfully in state procurement activity.