If you did tell us about your experience. If you haven't, ask about your free business assessment. We'd really like to hear how you're doing. Please consider sending an update to the consultant or team member you worked with.


See Local Spending Trends & Statistics for the past calendar year. You can also view where dollars have been spent anywhere in the US.

Step 6: Learn About Small Business Certifications

There are many small business certification programs that document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. All certification programs have eligibility requirements and processes for obtaining certification.

The 8(a) Business Development Program was created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. For more information, go to: http://www.sba.gov/.

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program was designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communi- ties by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses located in these areas. For further information, please visit: http://eweb1.sba.gov/hubzone/internet/

Self-Certification Programs

These certifications do not require a formal application and are self-identified in your SAM registration, as long as the individual has 51% ownership and control of the firm:

  • Woman-Owned Small Business
    Please note that for women-owned set-aside contracts, firms must upload qualifying documents to SBA's General Login System (GLS). Go to https://eweb.sba.gov/gls/dsp_login.cfm and click on "Request SBA User ID". For more information regarding the WOSB Set-Aside Program, go to www.sba.gov/wosb.
  • Veteran/Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small
  • Minority-Owned Small Business

OMWBE - Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises

Washington State - Opportunities For Small Businesses including upcoming conferences, contracts, Certification for State M/WBE, DBE/ACDBE & SBE & procurement websites.



Washington State Microenterprise Association:

In 2004, we we're a group of microenterprise practitioners organized a teleconference call to discuss the idea of forming a state wide network of agencies and organizations serving micro enterprises. Now WSMA leads collaborative, statewide efforts to increase Washington entrepreneurs’ access to resources, including technical assistance and capital, in their own communities.



Please note that you do not need to have any of these small business certifications to do business with the government. These are specific social-economic programs to stimulate the economy.