Are You a Small Business? If You're Qualified, Get Certified!
Did you know there is a wealth of opportunity available to you as a certified small business?
For example, the Federal Government awards more than 20% of its contracts to small and minority-owned businesses. In 2012, small businesses received $89.9B for products and services they sold to the government!
Government spending isn't the only opportunity. Most Fortune 1000 companies have their own internal goals for awarding business to minorities too.
There are a number of different types of ownership structures that can potentially achieve certification or verification. Which of these fit your business?
- Minority -- 51% owned, operated and controlled by a minority man or woman
- Women -- 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women
- LGBT -- 51% owned, operated and controlled by a person and/or persons who are LGBT
- Veterans -- 51% owned, operated and controlled by a US Veteran (NOTE: This is a verification, not a certification)
- 8a -- Disadvantaged business enterprise--Developmental program for companies that are 51% owned, operated and controlled by an individual who is socially or economically disadvantaged
- USBLN -- 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a person who is disabled
What Is The Benefit Of Getting Certified?
|Open the door to financial success!|
Hundreds of thousands of companies fit these categories but never pursue certification. Don't be one of them! By not taking the important step of getting certified, you are missing out on opportunities to generate revenue and expand your operation.
When leveraged properly, certification is guaranteed to open doors to new business and put you in a power position that differentiates you from your competitors.
Very few companies have no competition. Even if you'd rather not admit it, your competitors may offer products and services that are just as good as yours.
Certifying your business helps you position yourself to compete more successfully, especially if your clients are part of the Fortune 1000 or are suppliers to the Fortune 1000. If you're certified and other candidates are not, you'll gain an edge over the competition.
Overcoming Obstacles to Certification
Perhaps you're overthinking the process when you should "just do it." Maybe your paperwork is disorganized. It could be that the process seems to be time-consuming and overwhelming.
Whatever the case may be, don't let these roadblocks hold you back! There's no shame in reaching out for help.
When you started your business you may have worn all the hats yourself. You were the accounting department, HR, technical support and receptionist all rolled into one.
As you quickly discovered, when a particular role wasn't fun, you didn't do it on time or very well. As a result, perhaps your invoices didn't go out timely and you caused yourself a cash flow problem.
The same principle applies when getting your business certified. If this task doesn't fall in your zone of core competencies, you're better off outsourcing it to get it done right.
Get Expert Help Now to Overcome Roadblocks
You probably don't look at your articles of incorporation or your bylaws all that often. You may not even know where they are! You could delegate the work in-house but perhaps don't feel comfortable handing off the necessary paperwork to an assistant. Quite a few of the documents contain sensitive information.
You may not know how to get over the real or imagined hurdles. Perhaps as you starting digging through your paperwork you found problems. Maybe you thought you were incorporated in California but you're not. If you're a third generation business it may have been a long time since all your paperwork was reviewed. Any problem you uncover can stop the forward momentum needed to fill out the required information.
Don't let your questions stop you in your tracks! Reach out for help and get the answers you need.
Here at Certify My Company we overcome these issues every day as we help companies like yours apply for and renew their certifications. Our vast experience reviewing the necessary documentation means that we catch issues that are potential disqualifiers before they become insurmountable problems.
The Process of Getting Certified
Certify My Company reviews all the needed documents and ensures that everything is submitted properly and in a timely manner.
There's a lot of business to be had for companies who make the relatively small time and financial investment to get certified. Take advantage of the opportunities available to you!
In just a few weeks 2014 will arrive. It's time to put your best foot forward!
on how to get your business certified so you can set yourself apart from your competitors.