Interested in becoming Certified?

 

Learn the difference and value-add that certifications can make to your business.

Many business owners aren't aware of the benefits of certification (women-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned) for growth opportunities and value-add to current clients.

Go 2 Girl works with clients in document discovery to collect/review the necessary paperwork to submit applications for multiple platforms for certification as applicable to include local, federal, state and third-party entities. You can never be over-certified!

Certification is a minimum 3-month process and can be a stand-alone service but is typically bundled with business development.

We are proud to report 99% awarded rating with our certification submission. While we can’t guarantee approval, we have a proven turn-key experience.

Go 2 Girl begins within these areas:

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Federal Certification

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3rd Party Certification

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Local Certification

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State Certification

 
 

Did you know?

Federal agencies are legally required to set aside 23% of all contracts for small businesses. These agencies are also required to set aside a specific number of contracts for business owners who meet specific socioeconomic criteria:

  • 5% of prime and subcontracts for women-owned small businesses

  • 5% of prime and subcontracts for small disadvantaged businesses

  • 3% of prime and subcontracts for HUBZone small businesses

  • 3% of time and subcontracts for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

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Explanation

Local

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Federal

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Proof of certification by governmental entities

If your business has been certified with SBA as an example. This may not be applicable.

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Copies of certification denials, decertifications and appeal decisions

If you've tried before and have been denied, you'll need to be upfront.

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Proof of racial/ethnic minority or female status for each owner claiming racial/ethnic minority or female status

This is typically birth certificate

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Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident status for each owner claiming racial/ethnic minority or female status

Social Security, Birth Certificate

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Documents indicating business entity status

This can be pulled from Secretary of State website

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Resumes or Curriculum Vitae for each owner claiming female or racial/ethnic minority status

Only provide resumes for owners

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Proof of contributions used to acquire ownership for each owner claiming female or racial/ethnic minority status

This is important. If you bought, started a new business, you will need to provide the bank statement transfers from personal funds to business account. If you don't have these records available, we'll need to write an explanation.

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Compensation Schedule to include: Annual salaries, owner draws, owner distributions, shareholder distributions and bonuses for all owners, controlling members, officers, managers and directors for the previous year

Your accountant or accounting system such as Quickbooks can provide this report.

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Proof of any transfers of assets to/from your business and/or to/from any of its owners over the past 3 years

If you have personally floated the business from marital joint bank account, critical to document and provide proof.

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List of all employees, job titles, and dates of employment

Only employees, if single business owner, single member, you'll need to use standard template, not applicable.

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List of all equipment (including office equipment) and vehicles owned, leased or otherwise made accessible to the business

Everyone uses a computer and phone, maybe a nice printer. You may have company car. Whatever is critical to run your business needs to be listed.

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Proof of company owned and/or leased real estate (title, warranty deed, tax or mortgage statement and/or signed leases)

If not applicable, use template. If you have a physical location, provide documents

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Proof of company owned and/or leased equipment (title, proof of ownership and/or signed leases)

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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Titles or registrations to any company owned vehicles

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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Signed loan agreements or promissory notes

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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Relevant licenses

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents. An example is a CPA, attorney or medical professional. Must be relevant to your business.

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List of active contracts

Must show book of business with minimum of 2 active clients

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Business References

At least 3, could include banker, clients, colleagues for example

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Invoices and Purchase Orders

Must show paid invoices of active clients, not invoices you've paid to vendors

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Personal Tax returns and all related schedules for the past three (3) years (Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business)

Make sure the returns are signed

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Assumed Name documents

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents. For example, Go 2 Girl LLC is registered name, if I did business as G2G, then I'd need to show documentation

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Bank signature card

Your bank can provide a copy.

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Minutes of company meetings (past 3 years)

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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Articles of incorporation (original and any amendments – include filing copy with state seal/stamp)

This can be pulled from Secretary of State website

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By-laws (original and any amendments)

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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Minutes of stockholders and board meetings (past 3 years)

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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Stock certificates (both sides)

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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Stock ledger (include names, certificate numbers, dates, transfers, cancellations)

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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Corporate bank resolutions and/or bank signature card(s)

Your bank can provide a copy.

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Shareholders’ Agreement(s)

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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Operating agreement (original and any amendments)

If not applicable, use template. If applies, provide documents

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                *        State also includes what is required for DBE

**         Third Party include WBENC, NMSDC, NWBOC.  These are typically an additional annual fee

 

Take the Quiz: Are you Certifiable?

What is your name? *
What is your name?
What is your business structure? *
Is your business at least 51% majority owned by women or racial / ethnic minorities who also control the business? *
Is your business owner a U.S. Citizen? *
Has the business been in continuously operating at least one year? *
Do owners have at least one year of federal tax returns? *
 
 

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