What is a DVBE
A DVBE or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise is a company certified by the State of California to be owned in majority by a disabled veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
Requirements include that the company's daily operations be managed and controlled by one or more disabled veterans and that the business's home office be located in the state of California. The certification also requires that the veteran's disability be service-connected and that the veteran reside in California.
Benefits to a DVBE
Once certified, a DVBE is eligible for the state's DVBE Participation Program for government contracts. The participation program sets goals to use DVBEs in at least 3% of the state's annual contract dollars.
State agencies can also use a streamlined process known as the "SB/DVBE Option" to contract directly with a certified Disabled Veteran Business Entity for goods, services, information technology and public works projects. The DVBE benefits are then passed to contractors choosing to work with DVBE partners.
What is a SDVOSB
The SDVOSB or Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business is a designation set by United States Small Business Administration given to businesses owned by a disabled veteran.
In order to be eligible for the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Concern program, an owner of a small business must meet the following criteria:
- The service disabled veteran (SDV) must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs or Department of Defense
- The SDVOSB must be a small business under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement
- The SDV must unconditionally own 51% of the SDVOSB
- The SDVO must control the management and daily operation of the SDVOSB
- The SDV must hold the highest officer position in the SDVOSB
Benefits to a SDVOSB
Consistent with Public Law 109-461, awarding contracts to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) firms is the highest priority within the Small Business programs for the Department of Veteran Affairs. Under authority granted in Public Law 109-461, the VA is authorized to set aside contracts and/or award sole source contracts, to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Veteran Owned Small Businesses.
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization provides unique opportunities for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses to build partnerships, maximize networking, and gain access to Procurement Decision Makers through Direct Access Events.
Other programs managed by the Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, like Procurement Ready, assure that SDVOSBs are positioned to compete for and win business with VA and other federal agencies.