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Veteran Business Enterprise Certification

Businesses that are VBE certified can take advantage of special government programs, including increased access to government contracting opportunities that can help them grow their business quicker.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria for certification:

  • Applicant must be a veteran of the US Military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
  • An applicant must have served in an active-duty capacity or meet one of the following exceptions:

    a. Was discharged or released from Active Duty because of a service-connected disability; b. Was discharged or released from active duty by reason of a sole survivorship

  • Applicant must have received an Honorable Discharge (HD) or Discharge Under Honorable Conditions (UHC).
  • Applicable Geographic Region – United States and all US territories
  • Applicant must be a US Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Must be the Chief Executive Officer or in the equivalent position
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status
  • Must be active in daily management
  • Evidence of Veteran Status, including DD214 &/or VA disability rating
  • Must own 100% of the assets if a sole proprietorship
  • Must be at least 51.0% owner of the equity interests in a partnership
  • Must be at least 51.0% of each of the classes of voting stock and 51.0% of the aggregate of all stock outstanding determined by the percentage that would be distributed to the veteran if the corporation was liquidated
  • Must be at least 51.0% owner of the membership interests in a limited liability company
  • An on-site interview will be conducted at the business location

Benefits of Participation

Certified business recieve these benefits:

  • This initiative creates a nationally recognized gold standard in certification for veteran-owned businesses of all sizes and enables corporate America to proactively source and confidently utilize businesses that are at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by U.S. military veterans.
  • VBE™ certification is a private-sector program that mirrors those certifications that already exist for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) selling to corporate America.


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