Certification

As a government contractor, ManTech identifies and reports all business activity with small businesses—Small (S), Woman-Owned (WOSB), Small Disadvantaged (SDB), Veteran-Owned (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) and Minority Institutions (MI’s), and Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and Indian Tribes. In addition, we identify all business activity with small businesses that are located in a HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) area.

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To add your company to our small business database or update existing information, please complete the size certification form. Instructions for completing the form are available here. Also, please send your company’s capability and qualifications statement to our Small Business Liaison Office. By pressing "submit" after electronically completing the form, you will enter this information into the ManTech database. (Please do not submit W-9's to this office. The W-9 form applies to taxes and payroll and does not fulfill the federal requirements for this task.)

Certification
If you are not sure what your company’s classification is, please refer to Section 19 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which provides NAICS codes and average annual sales figures that are applicable to your industry, or consult the website of the Small Business Administration. The SBA website contains usefull guidance to help you determine if you are located in a HUBZone. If you need further assistance, please contact your local SBA office.

SBA Status

If your company is considered a small disadvantaged business under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, or if it is located in a HUBZone, the federal government no longer accepts self-certification. You must apply for appropriate status through your local Small Business Administration office. Applications can be found on the SBA Website at www.sba.gov. You may also request a copy by calling 202-205-6417. Once you have received your certification, please forward a copy to ManTech at the address below.  

Please note that the Defense Contract Management Agency requires that the Company Size Certification form be updated annually. ManTech wants to have your current information, but we are not able to send a reminder to update the form. The federal government may impose a penalty against any firm misrepresenting their business size, disadvantaged, and/or HUBZone status.

Classifications
The following definitions may be helpful in understanding how to determine your small-business status:
  • Northern American Industry Classification System (NAICS):  SBA's size standards define whether a business entity is small and thus eligible for government programs and preferences reserved for "small business" concerns. Size standards have been established for all for-profit economic activities or industries in the NAICS. NAICS replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System in October 2000.
  • Small Business (S): You can quickly determine if you qualify as a "small" business by using the SBA's North American Industry Classification Code (NAICS) or Standard Industry Classification (SIC) Code Lookup Table. Simply enter your business description or NAICS/SIC code; then, use the resulting table to locate your products/services and see the size standards for your business type.
  • 8(a) Program:  A business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. To participate in this program, the SBA must approve your company.
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB): While the 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms, SDB certification strictly pertains to benefits in federal procurement. 8(a) firms automatically qualify for SDB certification. 
  • Women-Owned Business (WOSB): Women-owned small business means a small business (1) that is at least 51% owned by one or more women; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more women; and (2) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women. 
  • Veteran-Owned Business (VOSB):  A small business (1) that is at least 51% unconditionally owned by one or more veterans (as defined at 38 U.S.C. 101(2)); or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is unconditionally owned by one or more veterans; and (2) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more veterans.
  • Service Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB): A small business (1) that is at least 51% unconditionally owned by one or more service-disabled veterans (as defined at 38 U.S.C. 101(2)) with a disability that is service connected (as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16)); or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is unconditionally owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and (2) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans; or, in the case of a veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran. 
  • Historically Black Colleges & Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI): The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as "any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission is the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accredited agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation."
  • HUBZone (Historical Underutilized Business Zone):  The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing federal contracting preferences to small businesses. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas.
  • Alaska Native Corporation (ANC): Any Regional Corporation, Village Corporation, Urban Corporation, or Group Corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alaska in accordance with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, as amended (43 U.S.C.A. 1601, et seq.), which is considered a minority and economically disadvantaged concern under the criteria at 43 U.S.C. 1626(e)(1). This definition also includes ANC direct and indirect subsidiary corporations, joint ventures, and partnerships that meet the requirements of 43 U.S.C. 1626(e)(2).
  • Indian Tribe:  Any Indian tribe, band, group, pueblo, or community, including native villages and native groups (including corporations organized by Kenai, Juneau, Sitka, and Kodiak) as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C.A. 1601 et seq.), that is recognized by the federal government as eligible for services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in accordance with 25 U.S.C. 1452(c). This definition also includes Indian-owned economic enterprises that meet the requirements of 25 U.S.C. 1452(e).