Socioeconomic Certifications - Sep 2023

This recorded session includes the session video, handouts, presentation and links to the Monday Roundtables. This Package is valid for 30 days.

This session was recorded on August 29th, 2023

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Every year, the government is federally required to do business with a certain percentage of each class of disadvantaged businesses. In order to facilitate this, Socioeconomic Certifications were born. Each certification comes with its own benefits and set-aside contracts that are not available to non-certified firms. These programs help historically disadvantaged small businesses succeed in the government marketplace and compete with larger, more established firms.  

Certifications are a way for the government to give you their seal of approval after a thorough review of you and your company. This not only helps you win more contracts, but also gives your company credibility with the government and your private sector clients. We will also discuss starting a company as a minority, the help and benefits you can receive, and the various local, state, and private certifications that are available.

Recommended attending personnel:

Recommended attendees for this briefing include:

  • Senior vendor/contractor leadership
  • Small Disadvantaged Business Owners (Hispanic, Black, Native, Women, Asian, Pacific Islander, etc.)
  • Minorities looking to start their own company
  • Business development
  • Contract managers
  • Contract officers


11:00 AM   Topical Overview

  • What are Socioeconomic Certifications?
  • Benefits of getting certified

11:05 AM   SBA Certifications

  • 8(a) Certification Program
  • HUBZone

11:35 AM   State, Local, and Private Certifications

  • DOT - DBE
  • State MBE/WBE/SBE

11:50 AM   Additional Resources

  • Starting a Company as a Minority (SBA Resources and more)
  • Making the most of your certification

11:45 AM   Questions and Answers

12:00 PM   Closing Remarks


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Irene A. Morales

Government Procurement Solutions

Chief Executive Officer