Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, signed into law on May 12, 2014, allows eligible Veteran business owners to get certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB). The goal of the Act is to encourage and support eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities. The OGS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development is responsible for certifying eligible SDVOBs and assisting and promoting their participation in the state's procurement activities.

New York State maintains a six percent goal for participation on State contracts by Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses. To qualify as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, the business must first be certified by New York State’s Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development.

This certification process includes providing proof that the business meets the following criteria:

  1. One or more Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% must own at least 51% of the business.
  2. The Veteran(s) with the qualifying service-disability rating(s) must exercise authority to control independently the day-to-day business decisions.
  3. The business must qualify as a small business in New York State.
  4. The business must maintain a significant business presence in New York State.

To learn more, or to apply for certification as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, contact the Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development.

Online: Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development website

by phone: 518-474-2015

email: [email protected]