A small disadvantaged business (SDB) is a small firm owned by one or more individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged. SDB status provides eligibility for bidding and benefit programs for Air Force and Federal procurements. SDB’s may self-certify their status. SDB certification is a different process and program than the SBA 8(a) Program.
The SBA 8(a) Program requires an application process and certification by the SBA and provides SDBs with a wide variety of business development support and other management and technical assistance, including contracting with the Air Force in sole source and competitive set-asides. Learn more.
Economically disadvantaged individuals have been hampered in their ability to compete in the free enterprise system due to impaired access to financial opportunities (in contrast to people in similar businesses who are not identified as socially disadvantaged). The net worth of each individual does not exceed $750,000 subject to certain exemptions. SBA has changed the certification procedures for SDBs, where offerors can self-certify as long as the agency continues to meet its SDB goals.
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