Women, Minority, Veteran Certification

Women, Minority, Veteran Certification

Certification Gives Your Business Competitive Edge

If your business is 51 percent majority-owned by a woman, minority or 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 Florida 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

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  • Yanina Rosario

    Associate Director, NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), 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 16 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. She also is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).

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