Small Business Certifications

C2 North is an expert on the many federal programs available to assist small business. We have extensive experience in navigating the complex application and recertification requirements for programs such as:

  • SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
  • All Small Mentor-Protégé Program / Joint Ventures
  • HUBZone Program Empowerment Contracting Program
  • Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program
  • DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program

C2 North specializes in guiding our clients through the application process and we adeptly assist our clients with:

  • Program strategy, evaluation, and recommendations
  • Program benefits, regulations, and compliance
  • Procurement advantages
  • Board of Directors, executive management, and staff training

C2 North can assist your company in obtaining 8(a) certification from the SBA. We’ve developed close working relationships with SBA personnel, and we stay abreast of new updates and changes to SBA’s programs and regulations so that clients receive the most current guidance and compliance support.  Once you receive your certification, C2 North clients also benefit from our expertise in program compliance and reporting requirements. We assist our clients in strategic planning when operating multiple subsidiaries, compliance consulting/training, joint venture/teaming arrangement consulting, and we can guide you through any ownership or name changes your business may consider. Our knowledge guarantees that 8(a) participants spend less time maneuvering through the certification process and more time pursuing their business success.

As a courtesy to prospective C2 North clients we have included a brief summary of SBA and DOT programs below.

SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
SBA Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Program
DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
DOT Alaska Unified Certification Program (AUCP)
SBA 8(a) Mentor-Protege Program (8(a)/All Small)
Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protege Program
Indian Incentive Program (IIP)
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program

The SBA 8(a) program is designed to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the U.S. economy through business development. The program benefits the client as well as the contractor by providing small disadvantaged businesses with:

  • The ability to pursue and award sole-source procurements.
  • Limited-competition opportunities in the government arena.
  • Ensuring the client that bonding, insurance, and other legal requirements are met.

Through sole-source contracts, businesses are given an opportunity to enter the government- contracting arena and gain the experience necessary to compete in the full and open market. Competitive bidding on limited opportunities allows 8(a) contractors to gain valuable experience in various market arenas.

SBA 8(a) Program Website
Regulations governing 8(a) Program

SBA Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Program

SBA’s Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) program was discontinued in 2008.  Businesses now self-certify their status as a small disadvantaged business and mark their profiles in the System for Award Management ( with this designation.


The HUBZone 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 (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) 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.

SBA HUBZone website

DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

The DOT DBE Program assists small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including minorities and women, in participating in contracting opportunities created by DOT financial assistance programs. Primarily three major DOT operating administrations are involved in the DBE program. They are the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. The DOT DBE program is carried out by state and local transportation agencies under the rules and guidelines in the Code of Federal Regulations. The main objectives of the DBE Program are:

  • To ensure that contractors comply with DBE laws and requirements.
  • To ensure that DBEs can compete fairly for federally funded transportation-related projects.
  • To ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBEs.
  • To assist DBE firms in competing outside the DBE Program.

DBE page on DOT website
DBE page on Alaska DOT website

DOT Alaska Unified Certification Program (AUCP)

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued regulations at 49 CFR 26.81 (Subpart E) requiring that all direct and indirect recipients of USDOT funding establish a Unified Certification Program (UCP).  The purpose of the UCP is to provide a one-stop certification process for all businesses in each state seeking certification to participate in the USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.

The Alaska Department of Transportation began operating the AUCP in September 2002.  Applicants only need apply once for a DBE certification, which will be honored by all Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) agencies in Alaska.  (Note:  AUCP certification does not apply to SBA certification programs.)  The AUCP now serves as the centralized program for several state and local DBE certifications.  Current AUCP participants include Alaska boroughs, municipalities, cities and airports.

AUCP Agreement
Final Certification Brochure

SBA 8(a) Mentor-Protege Program (8(a)/All Small)

The SBA Mentor-Protégé programs [8(a)/All Small] enhance the capabilities of 8(a) and HUBZone certified businesses, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs), Woman-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and other small businesses to compete more successfully for federal government contracts. The program encourages private-sector relationships and expands SBA’s efforts to identify and respond to the developmental needs of small businesses.

Note: SBA is moving away from the 8(a) Mentor Protege Program and migrating towards the All Small Mentor Protege Program.

All Small Mentor-Protégé page

Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protege Program

This program was established to provide incentives for (major) DoD prime contractors (Mentors) to help SDB qualified organizations (Protégés) develop technical and business capabilities. The goal of the program is to assist Protégés to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards. Successful Mentor-Protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the Protégé, the Mentor and the DoD.

Mentor-Protege Program page on DoD OSBP website

Indian Incentive Program (IIP)

The IIP provides for payment to the prime contractor of 5% on amounts subcontracted to a tribally owned organization or Indian-owned economic enterprise when authorized under the terms of the contract. DoD contracts that reference FAR 52.226-1, Utilization of Indian Organizations and Indian Owned Economic Enterprises, may be eligible for incentive payments under the program. Under these contracts, prime contractors are encouraged to provide the opportunity for Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises to participate in subcontracting.

IIP details on DoD OSBP website