The State of Ohio's Veteran-Friendly Business Enterprise (VFBE) Procurement program provides preference to certified firms that submit bids or proposals related to the state's purchases of supplies and services (other than professional services) and the construction of transportation facilities. The enabling statute for the VBE program is R.C. 9.318. The regulations that govern the program are found in Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 5501:2-12.
Certification for the program is managed through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Click the green LAUNCH button on this page for more information.
In order to be eligible for certification, the applicant business must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- At least 10 percent of its employees are veterans or on active service;
- At least 51 percent of the applicant business is owned by veterans or persons on active service;
- If the applicant business is a corporation 51 percent of which is not owned by veterans or persons on active service, at least 51 percent of the board of directors are veterans or persons on active service; or
- The business is certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business or a Veteran-Owned Small Business and the owner(s) of the business meets the definition of veteran as defined in Rule 5501:2-12-01(S) of the Ohio Administrative Code.