-- Small Business (SB): Located in U.S, organized for profit, including affiliates is 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 included in the solicitation. The size standard is based upon the North American Industrial Classification Standard.
(NAICS) assigned to the specific procurement dependent upon product/service purchased.
-- Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB): Small Business, unconditionally owned & controlled by ≥ 1 socially & economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character & citizens of the U.S., and self-certified.
-- Small Disadvantaged Business 8(a) Certified [8(a)]: Small Business, SBA-certified into the 8(a) Business Development Program for a period of 9 years.
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-- Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone): Small Business, owned & controlled 51% or more by ≥ 1 United States citizens, AND SBA-certified as a HUBZone concern (principle office located in an economically-distressed HUBZone area and > 35% of employees live in any designated HUBZone).
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-- Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB): Small Business, at least 51% owned by ≥ 1 women, AND management & daily business operations controlled by ≥ 1 women.
-- Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB): Small Business, veteran-owned as defined in 38 USC 101(2), ≥ 51% owned by ≥ 1 veterans, AND management & daily operations controlled by > 1 veterans.
-- Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SD-VOSB): Small Business, veteran-owned, > 51% owned by > 1 service-disabled veteran, AND management & daily business operations controlled by > 1 service disabled veterans OR in the case of a veteran with permanent & severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such a veteran. Disability rating can be 0-100% as defined in 38 USC 101(16) & documented on a DD-214. Limited sole source authority without advertising.
-- Historically Black Colleges & Universities/Minority Institutions HBCU/MI): HBCU is an accredited institution established before 1964 whose principal mission is education of black Americans. MIs are institutions meeting requirements of Higher Education Act of 1965 and Hispanic-serving institutions defined at 20 USC 1059. The Secretary of Education must designate HBCUs/MIs. Here's a list of such institutes.