SBA Certification Portal Update

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be upgrading how its customers apply for and manage their federal contracting certifications. What do you need to know?

SBA’s certification upgrade to the portal will start sometime this fall.

  • Initial certification applications will not be accepted during the upgrade period.
  • The upgraded system is expected to be available for new certifications in late fall early winter.

What will this mean for your firm?

  • Most certified firms will not be impacted by the pause in applications. • New or prospective applicants are encouraged to wait to apply after the upgrade. • Applications submitted before the upgrade will be processed in the order received. • Firms needing to renew should receive guidance from their certification program. • Firms facing a critical contracting deadline can contact — Please provide proposal number, agency, and bid due date.

Which certifications are impacted by the upgrade?

  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)
  • 8(a) Business Development Program
  • Veteran Small Business Certification (VOSB)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program

Stay tuned!

The SBA will be providing more resources and guidance over the coming months. Visit for the most current guidance or contact us at or 202-205-6459.


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