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Registering Your Business

There are many advantages to registering your small business with VA as a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) through VA’s Veterans First Verification Program, including contract-bidding advantages with state and federal governments.

You also get:

  • Tax relief
  • Improved access to capital
  • Counseling
  • Support for start-ups and small businesses poised for high growth and innovation.

VA’s committed to supporting small businesses owned by Veterans.

Are you eligible?

Yes, if:

  • You own 51% or more of the company being registered.
  • You are or another Veteran is the highest-compensated individual in the company (or include a memorandum that explains why you are not).
  • You are involved directly in the day-to-day operations of the company as well as strategic decisions.
  • A Veteran holds the highest officer position in the company.

Who can apply


How it works

Apply online.

Learn more

Contact a trained specialist who can coach you through the application process.