The Small Business Administration has launched a new website designed to simplify the application process for small companies and entrepreneurs that aim to do business with the federal government.
Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA administrator, said in a statement released Tuesday the agency created the certify.sba.gov website to build on its ongoing programs such as LINC, the Start Up in a Day Initiative and the Small Business Tech Coalition.
“Small businesses often get too little credit for their work as our nation’s leading job-creators, generating nearly two out of three net new jobs in our economy,” Contreras-Sweet added.
She noted the agency included the Women-Owned Small Business program on the website in an effort to help address a market gap for female entrepreneurs.
The portal also features an “Am I Eligible?” tool that will work to help entrepreneurs determine their eligibility to participate in the WOSB Federal Contract, HUBZone and 8(a) Business Development programs, according to SBA.
Contreras-Sweet said the federal government awarded more than $90 billion in contract funds to small businesses during fiscal year 2015.