Special Designations

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE): The DBE is federally mandated by the Department of Transportation to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of Federal contracts. The program creates a level playing field for small companies that are Black, Hispanic, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, Subcontinent Asians, or women owned. Also known as DBE/WBE (Women Business Enterprise) certification. For more information, contact Larissa Djuvelek-Ruggiero at Larisa.Djuvelek-Ruggiero@dot.nh.gov or 603-271-6612.

Small Disadvantaged Business: The 8(a)Business Development Program is administered by the Small Business Administration to help Small Disadvantaged Businesses compete in the US economy by providing advantages and benefits in the federal procurement process

Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB and EDWOSB): The SBA defines WOSB and EDWOSB as businesses owned and controlled by a woman or women. Criteria for WOSB include 51 percent ownership, plus standards that must be met to establish control by a woman or women. WOSB that meet a detailed means test for the owners may qualify as EDWOSB. In 83 specific NAICS codes, contracts may be set-aside for EDWOSB or WOSB. To be eligible for set-aside solicitations, companies must upload substantiating information to a secure SBA database prior to bidding. The status is self-certifying for non-set-aside contracts.

Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone): The HUBZone program provides contracting assistance to companies in Historically Under-utilized Businesses Zones, as prescribed by the SBA. The program encourages economic development and increase employment in these distressed urban and rural areas. Certified businesses qualify for: Competitive Hubzone contracts; sole source Hubzone contracts; full and open competitive contracts (price evaluation preference).

Veteran-Owned Businesses

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB): The Department of Veterans Affairs has distinctly different small business programs for veterans and service-disabled veterans; has broad powers to preferentially select SDVOSB and VOSB contractors and has contracting goals for both VOSB and SDVOSB. There are also differences in the some of the definitions and criteria. The remaining federal agencies have some ability to set-aside contracts for SDVOSB, have goals for doing business with SDVOSB, and are required to report contracts with VOSB. 

SBA Veterans Programs  
VA Veterans Programs

Below are some helpful links to organizations that offer free assistance:

The Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE): The CVE provides a database that compiles all veteran-owned small businesses and service-connected disabled veteran-owned businesses; provides vendor information pages promoting registered veteran-owned businesses to prime contractors and to the federal government and has links to the federal procurement pages, assistance program pages and more.

The Veterans Corporation (TVC): Provides veteran-owned small businesses and service-connected veteran-owned businesses with resources for education opportunities, capital, surety bonding, insurance and prescription coverage, advertising, business formation and other business services. They also provide a veterans business directory and a veteran business incubator.

Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC): In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, VBOC equips veteran and active duty service members and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses. VBOC of New England serves veterans in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

About the SBA

Small Business Goals and Progress Reports: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is responsible for the management and oversight of the small business procurement process across the federal Government. SBA negotiates with federal departments concerning their prime contracting goals and achievement with small businesses to ensure that small businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to provide goods and services to the federal government.

For more information about the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, call 603-271-7581 or via email

This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. We are also funded by the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and we operate as a program within the Division of Economic Development.

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