Certification Gives Your Business Competitive Edge
If your business is 51 percent majority-owned by a woman, minority or service-disabled veteran, certification could present opportunities for your business, but there is a process to becoming certified.
Certification allows you to:
- sell to the government
- apply for set-aside contracts
- operate as a subcontractor
- opens doors to diversity programs
Our expert consultants at the SBDC at USF can assist your business with:
- understanding which certification is most beneficial
- reviewing certification packets to ensure accuracy
- becoming a registered vendor with government entities
- strategizing how to market your business
Frequently Asked Questions
Associate Director, Florida SBDC at USF, Tampa
Specialty: Women/Minority/Veteran Certification
Yanina Rosario, Florida SBDC at USF associate director and certified business consultant, specializes in business certifications, business planning, and marketing. She oversees operations in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. Rosario’s expertise comes from more than 13 years of guiding pre-venture and well-established business owners through procurement, licensing, planning, marketing and financing, helping clients secure more than $3.2 million in small business loans. Rosario serves on the board of directors for the CareerSource Tampa Bay, is a member of the City of Tampa Equal Business Opportunity Advisory Committee, and the Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) planning committee. She manages the Florida SBDC at USF’s Emergency Bridge Loan Committee. Rosario obtained a bachelor degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida and a masters in management from the Florida Institute of Technology.