Disadvantage Business Enterprise Supportive Services
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is committed to providing a DBE/SS Program that contributes to the growth and self-sufficiency of individual minority businesses. Our goal for this program is to facilitate the education and development of DBE firms so they can compete in the highway construction industry and conduct business outside of the DBE Program. We strive to ensure that small disadvantaged business enterprises can compete fairly for federally-funded projects and that only eligible firms participate in the LA DOTD DBE Program.
SAM registration helps to streamline the acquisition of grant, loans, contracts and intergovernmental transactions. According to the GSA, the federal government plans on integrating 10 different federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into a single, streamlined system that uses the Integrated Award Environment.
Woman Owned Small Business
Economic Development Woman Owned Small Business Certification (EDWOSB)
For all 8(a) certified businesses that are owned and controlled by a woman or women (8(a) Eligibility was based on a woman or women), their 8(a) certification qualifies as third party certification for EDWOSB.
To complete the EDWOSB process, each 8(a) certified woman-owned small business must go to certify.sba.gov, set up a profile, link their profile to their SAM registration and complete the EDWOSB certification application.
Note: To link the SAM registration to the certify.sba.gov profile, the owner will need their DUNs Number, EIN/TIN, and their Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN). If the owner cannot remember their MPIN, they can check their SAM profile.
On the EDWOSB application, they will be asked if they are certified 8(a) to which they will respond "yes". They will then be asked to upload their 8(a) certification letter.
Although 8(a) certification qualifies them as an EDWOSB, the EDWOSB certification process must be completed in certify.sba.gov.
What does this mean for you? The U.S. Government encourages small businesses to locate in, and hire employees from economically disadvantaged areas of the United States. Companies participating in the program will receive largely competitive advantages in winning federal contracts. Hub Zone
8 (A) Certification
SECTION 8(a) APPLICATION
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION
To access the 8(a) application, you must be registered in the System for Award
Management (SAM) and have an active profile in SBA’s Supplemental Source System
(SBSS)/Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database. Once your profile is active in
SAM and DSBS, you will need an SBA User ID from the GLS (General Login System). To
request your SBA User ID, please follow these steps:
1. Enter in your Internet Browser: HTTPS://eweb.sba.gov/gls
2. Double click on the Request SBA User ID Link
3. Complete the Profile Information requested
5. The system will process your SBA User ID request and assign a temporary password to you
6. For your first time Login using the SBA USER ID and temporary password, the system will
prompt you to change your password before continuing
7. Once you have successfully logged in, the system will bring you to the GLS Welcome Page
where you will click OK
8. Once on your firm’s General Login System - Choose Function - Currently Available
Applications Page, click Update Profile to attach your firm’s SAM/DSBS profile to your GLS
9. Click “Yes” for “Add New Business” and enter your firm’s DUNS and Employer
Identification Number (EIN)
11. From the GLS - Requesting System Access Choose Function Page you will click Access
12. From the GLS - Requesting System Access Page, select Electronic 8a Certification and
Annual Review System (BDMIS)
13. The system will add this function to your profile
14. To begin the application, click on Electronic 8a Certification and Annual Review System
You may want to take a few minutes to work through the 8(a) BD Self Assessment Tool at
In order to begin the process of completing your online 8(a) electronic application, it would be
helpful to assemble the following documents/information:
1. You must have your Employer Identification Number (EIN), DUNS number and GLS login
information on hand to start the application.
2. Copies of all stock certificates (front and back), stock ledger, buy/sell agreements, transmutation
agreements, voting agreements.
3. Certificate of Good Standing (for corporations and LLCs).
4. Balance sheets and profit and loss statements no older than 90 days and for the preceding three
(3) fiscal year-end periods.
5. Copies of the last three (3) years of applicant firm’s tax returns and schedules and attachments.
6. An executed IRS Form 4506T, Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax form for firm’s taxes.
7. If in the construction industry, a statement of bonding limit from the firm’s surety.
8. Copies of Articles of Incorporation, Operating Agreement, By-laws, Stockholder and Board
Member Meeting Minutes, Partnership Agreement, Articles of Organization and bank signature
9. Copies of the business and special licenses under which the firm operates.
10. Copies of loan agreements, including lines of credit and shareholder loan(s).
11. Applicants who are not members of a designated group must submit supporting evidence of
individual social disadvantage.
12. Information relating to all personal assets owned by the disadvantaged owners of the business,
including real estate, bank, brokerage and mortgage statements, life insurance and all other
13. SBA Form 912, Statement of Personal History (include a SBA Fingerprint Card if the SBA Form
912 reflects an arrest). This applies to each individual claiming disadvantaged status AND each
non-disadvantaged principal, including each owner of more than 10%, each director, each officer,
each management member, each Partner and any other individual, such as a key employee, who
can speak for the firm.
14. Personal resume, including the education, technical training and business and employment
experience (employer’s name, dates of employment and nature of employment), including the
individual’s current duties within the applicant firm. This applies to each individual claiming
disadvantaged status AND each non-disadvantaged principal, including each owner of more than
10%, each director, each officer, each management member, each Partner and any other
individual, such as a key employee, who can speak for the firm.
15. Copies of personal income tax returns (including all schedules and W-2 forms) for the two (2)
years immediately preceding the application for the individual and spouse and n executed IRS
Form 4506, Request for Copy of Transcript of Tax Form. This applies to each individual
claiming disadvantaged status AND each non-disadvantaged principal, including each owner of
more than 10%, each director, each officer, each management member, each Partner and any
other individual, such as a key employee, who can speak for the firm.
16. If you are not born in the U.S., you must provide evidence of your U.S. citizenship such
as a copy of your U.S. passport or INS certificate.
Please note that a firm must be in business in the industry in which it seeks 8(a)
certification for two (2) consecutive years prior to application as evidenced by business tax
returns recording revenues. If your firm does not meet this eligibility requirement, you
MUST request a waiver of the two year in business rule by providing ALL of the
information/documentation noted below:
A. The individual or individuals upon whom eligibility is based have sub substantial
business management experience;
B. The prospective program participant has demonstrated technical expertise to carry
out the business development objectives of the 8(a) program with a substantial
likelihood for success if admitted to the 8(a) Business Development program;
C. The prospective program participant has adequate capital to sustain its operations
and carry out the business plan as a participant;
D. The prospective program participant has a record of successful performance on
contracts from governmental and/or nongovernmental sources in the primary
industry category. Evidence to include a letter of reference from a satisfied client
as well as copies of contracts and billing invoices; and
17. The applicant has, or can demonstrate its ability to timely obtain the personnel, facilities,
equipment, and any other requirements needed to perform contracts as a particip
NOTE: THIS IS A SUMMARY OF DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION. A DETAILED CHECKLIST OF SUPPORTING
DOCUMENTS WILL BE PREPARED BY THE SYSTEM FOR YOUR COMPANY.
If you have questions regarding any of the above, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call our office at 504-589-6688 or 504-589-6685.
Jo Ann Lawrence
U.S. Small Business Administration
Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA)
Central Louisiana Business League (CLBL)
Alexandria Metropolitan Foundation (AMF)