U.S. Small Business Administration & Other State & Local Business Certifications

Virtually all Federal, state and local governments recognize certain special classifications for businesses when pursuing contracting opportunities. In many cases, the benefits "trickle down" to subcontractors. These classifications are typically based on ownership status, business location or workforce composition. For example:

Quality Certification

Many government and prime contractor buyers are focusing more on standardized quality systems rather than "home grown" control systems. ISO 9000 and AS9100 are probably the most prevalent systems. Depending upon your particular industry sector, your business may need such a standardized system just to be considered as a supplier - lacking them can be a showstopper. The JARI APEX Accelerator can help get you started in pursuing these types of quality management systems.