Certifications & Procurement Resources

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification

The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) is the State of Georgia’s leading small business development and supplier diversity organization. The GMSDCs core function remains as simple as it is effective – to certify Minority Business Enterprises, help businesses develop the capacity required to contribute to global supply chains, and then facilitate partnerships with corporations and governments looking for their services.  

GMSDC Office
759 W Peachtree Street NE
Suite 107
Atlanta, GA  30308
404-589-4929
www.gmsdc.org

WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (WBE) CERTIFICATION

The Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC) is a nonprofit Women’s Business Organization—ABOUT WOMEN, FOR WOMEN, TO EMPOWER WOMEN. They are a proven leader and credible resource that delivers on empowerment through certification, education, and access to companies ready to do business with women-owned businesses. If you are interested in certifying your business as a Women-Owned Small Business, click on green box to attend a webinar and learn about the Certification Process. Any Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified WBE, can apply for Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) during recertification; and any woman owned-business which applies for WBENC certification, may also simultaneously apply for WOSB certification.  

GWBC Office
1072 West Peachtree Street
Suite 107
Atlanta, GA 30357
(404) 846-3314
www.gwbc.org

GOVERNMENT CERTIFICATIONS


8 (a) Business Development Program – SBA

Assists the development of small firms owned and operated by individuals who meet the SBA’s criteria of “socially and economically disadvantaged.” Program participants receive access to a variety of business development services, including opportunities to receive federal government contracts on a sole-source or limited competitive basis.   


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

DBEs are for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations. To participate in the DBE program, a small business owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals must receive DBE certification from the relevant state.


Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Program

The federal government’s goal is to award at least three percent of all federal contracting dollars to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses each year. 


Veteran-Owned Businesses

The SBA offers support for veterans as they enter the world of business ownership. Look for funding programs, training, and federal contracting opportunities. 


HUBZone Program

The HUBZone program fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business zones with a goal of awarding at least three percent of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year.


Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) Federal Contracting Program

The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year.  It authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible women-owned small businesses (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB) in specified industries where it has been determined WOSB’s and EDWOSB’s are underrepresented.


CERTIFICATION RESOURCES

WOSBs/EDWOSBs Program Regulations

Apply for and manage your Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) or Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business certifications in our easy-to-use single system. Have questions? Click HERE.

If you have general questions regarding the WOSB Program, please email WOSB@sba.gov or click HERE for the checklist of WOSB/EDWOSB eligibility requirements.

If you have any technical issues with submitting your WOSB/EDWOSB application, you may contact the Helpdesk HERE.


Federal Contracting Guide & Assistance Programs

Official U.S. government website for people who make, receive, and manage federal awards – Click HERE for Federal Business Opportunities.  

Do you have questions on U.S. Government contracts and grants systems? Click HERE.


System for Award Management (SAM)

The SBA has a step-by-step training video of how to register your business in the System for Award Management.  Click HERE to learn more about SAM and to start the process.

You will be unable to submit your SAM registration online unless all the mandatory information is provided and completed on the SAM website. Click HERE to learn how to complete the worksheet.


DUNS Number

A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number used to identify your organization. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. For additional information call 866-705-5711.

Registering for a DUNS number is free of charge. You will need all the information listed below to obtain a DUNS number:

  • Name of organization
  • Organization address
  • Name of the chief executive officer (CEO) or organization owner
  • Legal structure of the organization (e.g., corporation, partnership, proprietorship)
  • Year the organization started
  • Primary type of business
  • Total number of employees (full and part-time)

For frequently Asked Questions for D-U-N-S Number and SAM Registration click HERE


CAPABILITY STATEMENT  

A capability statement is a one-page document of your distinct business competencies.  It includes specific information about your business and helps small businesses communicate their strengths to the public sector marketplace. May be required when submitting a bid.  Click on the green box below to View the Template.


NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (NAICS) CODES

Capturing Your Company’s North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes:  NAICS is frequently used for various administrative, regulatory, contracting, taxation, and other non-statistical purposes. Some contracting authorities require businesses to register their NAICS codes, which are used to determine eligibility to bid on certain contracts. For NAICS & SIC Identification tools click HERE.

For NAICS Codes Lookup, click HERE. The Small Business Administration Georgia district office offers monthly trainings about Veteran’s Contracting Initiatives, WOSB Contracting Programs and others.  


DOING BUSINESS WITH THE STATE OF GEORGIA

Understanding Bids & Contracts:

Team Georgia Marketplace is the center for e-business matching Georgia government buyers with sellers. The electronic procurement system is designed to improve practices, capacity, information tracking and procurement technology for government entities. Register or Login to Team Georgia Marketplace to do business with the State.​  


State Purchasing Division:

The State Purchasing Division (SPD) oversees the procurement functions for the State of Georgia and manages all policies related to procurement.  SPD negotiates Statewide Contracts and provides technical assistance to State Entities in conducting and evaluating entity-specific competitive bids.  


Bid Opportunities:

Contract opportunities are posted by State and Local Government buyers via the Georgia Procurement Registry (GPR), a free web-based advertising system. Suppliers should check the GPR for potential bid opportunities from Team Georgia Marketplace and eSource​.  


DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CITY & COUNTY

If you want to do business with a specific city or county, search online for opportunities in that specific city/county and read the process to follow and how to register as a supplier.

  • How to do Business with Cobb County, click HERE
  • How to do Business with Cherokee County, click HERE
  • How to do Business with Clayton County, click HERE
  • How to do Business with DeKalb County, click HERE
  • How to do Business with Forsyth County, click HERE
  • How to do Business with Fulton County, click HERE
  • How to do Business with Gwinnett County, click HERE
  • How to do Business with Rockdale County, click HERE
  • How to do Business with the City of Atlanta, click HERE

To search other cities or counties procurement departments, do a Google search including the name of the city or county and the words: procurement/purchasing/bids (e.g.: City of Dunwoody Procurement).


procurement/government contracting partners

Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC)

The GTPAC helps Georgia businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts. They also assist with registration, industry selection, get your bid ready, find opportunities and 1:1 counseling. If this is what you are looking for, we would encourage you to register for the training classes they offer, click on this link to view them:


UGA, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Office of Minority Business Development

Using certifications as a marketing strategy for winning contracts with Corporations and the Government can be very advantageous and lucrative. With the right amount of preparation, the application process itself is not difficult, just time consuming. The UGA SBDC Office of Minority Business Development was created to provide special attention to the needs of minority entrepreneurs by identifying procurement opportunities, locating sources of capital, and supporting outreach efforts of minority business people around the State.  


ACE Women-Owned Small Business Cohort Series

Once a year, ACE WBC presents a Women-Owned Small Business Cohort Series. The series is presented during the months of February & March. An expert presents on the following topics:

  • Overview of Various Types of Certifications
  • Capture your Business’ Industry (NAICS) Codes
  • What is a Capability Statement?  Writing your Company’s Capability Narrative
  • Interactive Walk-Through of Federal Contractive Opportunities
  • Online SAM Registration
  • Compliance Check/Document Walk-Through
  • Interactive Walk-Through of Certification Submission

Stay tuned for the 2022 WOSB Cohort Series! Information will be available in November 2021.

For some people, the process to get certified can be very cumbersome.  If that is the case, we have referrals with consultants who can assist with the certification process. They do charge a fee for the process, but if you would like to get connected to some of them, please contact us.

Thank you, we hope this information is helpful as you grow your business.