Set-aside programs and state certifications level the playing field for small businesses that qualify by certain socioeconomic criteria or by their geographic location. The PTAC at SAP&DC will identify those programs that clients qualify under and assist them with all related applications and processes required to gain formal recognition or certification.

For additional information regarding the various Socio & Geographic Certification programs that exist please visit the links provided below:

Federal Programs:

Women Owned Small Business (WOSB)


8a Small Business Development Program


Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone)


Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)



Commonwealth of PA Programs:

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)


Women & Minority Business Enterprise (WBE/MBE)