Certification Check ListTo qualify as a Veteran or SDVOSB (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business):

The firm must be at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and controlled by one or more veterans.

Submission, review and verification by the authorized Certification Services Officer (CSO) of the veteran’s Form DD214, and the Disability Award Letter (If applicable for SDVOSB). Once veteran status is verified, reciprocal VBN certification is granted for VA/CVE, DBE, NGLCC, MBE, WBE current certification certificate holders.

The VBN Executive Advisory Board is the authority for ensuring that our certification policies, and procedures are implemented and enforced according to the highest accepted practices. The Board has full authority for the implementation of the process and its results.

In the event of an appeal to VBN of a denial of certification, the Executive Advisory Board will administer the final determination.



  • Submission, review and verification of the firm’s Operating Agreement, Partnership Agreement, or Sole Proprietorship by our national CPA and Legal Teams, on ownership and control (51%).
  • Submission, review and verification of the firm’s Articles of Incorporation and Certificate of Good Standing, from the firm’s home state business registration, Secretary of State.
  • Site visit scheduled during the first year of conditional certification.

VBN Certification does not replace or compete with the VA’s VOSB, SDVOSB Certification Process. These are official Federal Government certifications for use by the VA in qualifying a firm for the many VA and programs. VBN certification is accepted by the corporate community and follows the same protocols as supplier diversity certifications from NMSDC, WBENC and NGLCC.

Required Forms for VBN Certification:

  1. Operating Agreements
  2. Corporate By Laws
  3. Documents Citing Ownership
  4. Voting Rights or Stock
  5. Member Percentages
  6. DD-214
  7. VA Disability Award Letter

    VBI Application for Certification

    Please complete the following certification application with required forms to receive certification as a Veteran Business Enterprise by VBI. Please allow 90-120 days for processing and approval.
    • Please choose a password for your account.
    • Address where the Veteran Business is located.
    • What industry is your business in?
    • Please enter the six digit NAICS code that applies to your business, separated by a comma. Look up your NAICS code here http://www.naics.com/search/.
    • Certification Documentation

    • Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png, gif.
      Please upload the operating agreements for your company.
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      Please upload a copy of your company's Corporate By Laws
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      Please provide documents that prove proof of ownership and operational control.
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      Please provide documentation that describes your voting rights and percentages of stock ownership of all partners within the company.
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      Please upload a copy of your DD-214 that confirms your previous military service. We will use this to verify Veteran status for applicants.
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      If you are a disabled veteran applicant, please upload a copy of your VA Disability Award Letter.
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      Please upload any additional documentation that will support your application request here. Accepted file types are: jpg, gif, png, pdf
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