An Introduction to Government Small Business Certifications

This seminar provides a big-picture overview of small business certifications in the government marketplace. In this class, you will learn about various federal small business certification programs, including Small Business Self Certification, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) & 8(a), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone), Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Economic Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB). We will also touch on state and local certification programs and provide information on additional training and resources you can use to develop a deeper understanding and get help with any federal, state, and small business certification program.

After completing this course, you will:

  • learn why certification programs can be helpful for small businesses;
  • learn how to determine if you are eligible for a federal small business certification;
  • find out where to apply for various federal certifications;
  • learn about various types of state and local certification programs;
  • understand how state and local small business certification programs differ from federal, and
  • learn about additional training and resources to help you navigate federal, state, and local certification programs.

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Location: OzSBI Conference Room

Price: FREE

Register: Register Here

Deadline to register: Monday, July 18, 2022 at 8 AM


Facilitated by: 

Willis Mushrush

Willis Mushrush, Procurement Specialist, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center, University of Missouri Extension, began his career in retailing while still in high school in the late 1960’s.  He continued on that path for several years working for J.C. Penney for 5 years, and operating family clothing stores in area communities for 15 years.  After ending his retailing career, he became a Human Resource Manager for a large manufacturing government contractor for 10 years prior to becoming employed by the University of Missouri.  Willis received his BS in Management from Southwest Missouri State University, and his MBA from the University of Arkansas.  He received his certification as a Senior Professional Human Resources from the Society for Human Resources management in 1996 and is currently certified as an Associate Contracting Assistance Specialist by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, and has earned the title of Associate Extension Professional through University of Missouri. Willis has assisted many area small businesses throughout Missouri for over 25 years while working with the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center and the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center through MU Extension.  His expertise has resulted in several statewide awards including Associated Industries of Missouri Industry Award 2000 and 2003, UECRDA Distinguished Service Award 2007, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Award in 2011.

Date of Event: 
Jul 20 2022 -
10:00am to 12:00pm