Programs & Initiatives

The Big Buzz 4 Small Biz Tour

Linda’s bringing Growth Strategy to your business for one week. Apply to have Linda visit, coach and promote your small business.

NFL Stadium Tour

The Big Buzz Small Biz Tour is part of Linda’s NFL Stadium tour kicking off this spring. Find out how Linda can get more eyes on your brand.

Performance Assessment Rating System

Get Rated with PARS

PARS™ is a performance assessment rating system that uses a “mock” environment and predetermined metrics to rate the performance of small, minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses.

Fulfill small business participation requirements. Government agencies require government contractors to set aside a portion of each contract for small businesses like yours. The challenge many prime contractors face is finding top-performing small businesses that will deliver on their promise and stay within budget and on schedule

Matches small businesses to subcontracting opportunities

Helps primes fulfill small business participation requirements

Boosts the visibility of minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses

Helps primes predict performance of subs - no surpirses

Contracts & Capital

Go From Winning Fans to Winning Contracts! We have business development programs tailor-made for Athletes, Celebs, and Entertainers


Learn how to take your years of experience and honed expertise and transition from your 9 to 5 to your own business as the ultimate retirement plan.


Join an online community tailor-made to help rural and home-based businesses get access to relationships, resources, and business opportunities.  

Pitch Tuesdays (Fall 2023)

Compete for the chance to expand with Pitch Tuesdays, an annual contest that lets small and emerging businesses pitch their products and services to prime contractors.

Do you really NEED a small business certification?

The simple answer is no. You don’t need to be certified as a small, minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, or disadvantaged small business to win government contracts. HOWEVER, there are many government contracts – usually subcontracting opportunities – that are set aside specifically for businesses certified as one of the above-mentioned designations. 

HUBZone Certification

If you live in an urban or rural area, you may be familiar with HUBZones. This program is designed to breathe new life into Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) by providing small business owners incentives to open or relocate their businesses to areas that have been declared HUBZones.

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

Small businesses that are majority-owned by a woman, or even majority-owned by a woman who is also socially and economically disadvantaged, can apply to be a certified women-owned business and take advantage of opportunities to compete for government contracts, specifically designated for women-owned businesses. The government sets aside some contracts to be fulfilled by women-owned, or economically disadvantaged women-owned, businesses.

Veteran & Service-Disabled Veteran Owned

Small businesses that are majority-owned by a U.S. veteran (or service-disabled veteran) can request certification for the opportunity to compete for specific government contracts.  Veteran-owned businesses can qualify for counseling and coaching through the Office of Veterans Business Development.

8(a) Business Development

The 8(a) Business Development program grooms businesses that are majority-owned by someone who is socially or economically disadvantaged to compete for government contracts. The 8(a) Program is a nine-year business development program. 

Alaskan-Owned Corporations

Many tribal communities in the states battle poverty on a very real level.  Tribal and Alaskan Native Corporation-owned businesses can request certification for the opportunity to compete for specific government contracts. The government sets aside opportunities in defense contracting to be fulfilled by Tribal and Alaskan Native Corporation-owned businesses under the 8(a) and A-76 programs.

Native American-Owned Companies

Businesses that are majority-owned by a Native American can contact the Indian Affairs’ Division of Economic Development to be certified as a Native American-owned enterprise. Qualifying businesses may be able to take advantage of coaching and training opportunities to strengthen their ability to compete in the marketplace.

Are you ready to make the leap to government contracts?

Find out the steps you’ll need to take to get your small business position to win and successfully perform government contracts with the Road to Government Contracts Mini-Course.