Each year, the federal government and its various agencies procure more than $300 billion of everything from airplanes to office supplies. For many products and services, the U.S. government is the biggest buyer on the planet. The Federal government is an attractive customer for a few other reasons:
The government makes its needs publicly known through such media as the Commerce Business Daily, a publication listing numerous government contracting opportunities. This is quite different from most markets, which you have to thoroughly research to identify needs.
Government sales are conducted in an open environment where there are many rules to ensure that the process is fair.
The government frequently buys in very large volumes and over a long period of time. That kind of customer can provide a solid foundation for growing your company.
Laws set aside all or part of many contracts for women-owned businesses, small businesses, minority-owned businesses, and other firms the government wants to support.
Having the U.S. government as a customer gives your business a stamp of approval. If you can meet the government's standards for quality, price and service, odds are good you can meet other customers' requirements.
Our goal is to provide you, as a small business owner or potential small business owner, with the tools you need to assist you in achieving the American dream - owning your own business. Laine Federal offers a wide range of services to support the growth of small businesses. We offer a customized one-on-one counseling sessions, business education workshops, technical assistance, and networking opportunities.
Our experience include helping companies that are new to doing business with the Federal Government. For those who are new to the government arena, the procedure can be tedious. At LAINE Federal Consulting, we are filled with a team of professionals who are experienced with the process and can be very valuable in getting these tasks accomplished in a timely fashion. This includes obtainment of Dun and Bradstreet number (DUNS); Central Contractor Registration (CCR); CAGE Code Registration, and Completion of Online Representations and Certifications (ORCA).
We offer the following Certification Services:
HUBZone Application Service
MBE/WBE & DBE Package Preparation
WOSB/EDWOSB Application Preparation
VOSB or SDVOSB Certification
Federal Small Business Programs
SMALL BUSINESS (SB) – Located in U.S, organized for profit, independently owned & operated, not dominant in field of operations in which it is bidding on Government contracts, AND meets Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards. Size standard is based upon the North American Industrial Classification Standard (NAICS) assigned to the specific procurement dependent upon product/service purchased. More information can be found at www.sba.gov.
WOMAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (WOSB) – Small Business, at least 51% owned by a woman or women. Management & daily business operations must also be controlled by women owners.
8(A) SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS – The 8(a) Business Development Program is available to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. If accepted into the program, 8(a) certification can only last for a period of 9 years, but allows agencies to make sole-source awards.
HISTORICALLY UNDERUTILIZED BUSINESS ZONE (HUBZONE) – Small Business, owned & controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, SBA-certified as a HUBZone concern (principal office located in a designated HUBZone & at least 35% of employees live in a HUBZone).
SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (SDVOSB) and VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (VOSB) – Small Business, veteran-owned as defined in 38 USC 101(2), at least 51% owned by 1 or more veterans, with management/daily operations controlled by 1 or more veteran owners. For SDVOSB, veteran owner(s) must have a 0% – 100% service-connected disability as defined in 38 USC 101(16) & documented on DD 214 or equivalent. In the case of veteran with permanent & severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran may also qualify.
SMALL BUSINESS (SB) – In order for a small business to be eligible for certification, the small business must meet the following requirements:
A business with 100 or fewer employees; an average annual gross receipts of $15 million or less, over the last three tax years;
A manufacturer with 100 or fewer employees; or,
A microbusiness. A small business will automatically be designated as a microbusiness, if gross annual receipts are less than $3,500,000; or the small business is a manufacturer with 25 or fewer employees.
DISABLED VETERAN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DVBE) – To be certified as a DVBE, your firm must meet the following requirements: Business must be at least 51% owned by one or more disabled veterans; daily business operations must be managed and controlled by one or more disabled veterans
For DVBE certification purposes, a “disabled veteran” is:
A veteran of the U.S. military, naval, or air service.
The veteran must have a service-connected disability of at least 10% or more.
DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) – DBE is a US Department of Transportation Program administered by state and local transportation agencies, primarily used in transportation infrastructure projects. 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. African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged. Other individuals can also qualify as socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.