CUNY recognizes New York State Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business certification issued by the NYS Office of General Services (OGS). SDVOBs not certified by NYS/OGS will not count towards CUNY’s SDVOB utilization goals (with both prime and subcontracting SDVOB goals).
To qualify for NYS certification, an applicant must successfully complete the certification process that is required by OGS. Generally in addition to other requirements, businesses must demonstrate the following:
- All firms seeking SDVOB certification must be owned, operated and controlled by service-disabled veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 10% or greater from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Under Article 17-B of the Executive Law, an SDVOB is a business enterprise in which at least fifty-one percent (51%) is owned, operated and controlled by a service-disabled veteran.
- The firm cannot exceed 300 full time equivalent employees.
To obtain additional information on becoming New York State certified as a SDVOB, please contact the NYS Office of General Services below or visit their website.
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12242
Phone: (844) 579-7570
Many third-party organizations offer free assistance with completing the NYS SDVOB certification application for vendors. The following organizations have not been endorsed by the City University of New York.
- Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (Empire State Development)
- NYC Business Solutions Centers (NYC Department of Small Business Services)
- Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Queens – LaGuardia Community College)
- Small Business Development Centers (Bronx – Lehman College; Brooklyn – NYC College of Technology; Manhattan – Baruch College; Queens – LaGuardia Community College; Queens – York College; Staten Island – College of Staten Island)