The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced a significant update that could affect many small businesses, particularly veteran-owned businesses engaged in government contracting. Starting August 1, 2024, the #SBA will temporarily pause the VetCert application submission process. This pause is due to a planned upgrade of their certification systems, with the aim to enhance and streamline the application process. Here’s everything you need to know about this development and how it might impact your business.

Understanding the Pause

Why the Pause?

The SBA is committed to improving its services and making the certification process as efficient as possible. To achieve this, they are implementing a system upgrade designed to modernize the VetCert application process. This temporary pause is necessary to transition from the current system to the upgraded one without compromising the integrity or functionality of the service.

Duration of the Pause

The submission pause will begin on August 1, 2024, and is expected to last until early September 2024. During this period, no new applications or recertifications will be accepted. It’s important for businesses to plan accordingly to avoid any disruptions to their certification status.

Impact on Veteran-Owned Businesses

Current Certificates Expiring After July 31, 2024

If your business’s certification expires after July 31, 2024, you will not need to recertify until August 2025. This extension provides some breathing room for businesses whose certifications are due soon after the system upgrade is completed.

Certificates Expiring On or Before July 31, 2024

For businesses with certificates expiring on or before July 31, 2024, it is crucial to initiate the recertification process immediately. Delaying could result in a lapse of certification, which might affect your eligibility for certain contracts and SBA programs. Ensure your business remains compliant and certified by acting swiftly.

Ongoing Recertification Applications

If you have already submitted a recertification application and it is under review, you do not need to take any additional steps. The SBA will continue processing these applications through their current system. However, it’s a good idea to stay in regular contact with the SBA to ensure that your application is on track and to address any potential issues promptly.

Strategies for Navigating the Pause

Plan Ahead

Anticipate the needs of your business and plan your certification or recertification activities well in advance. This foresight will help you avoid any unnecessary disruptions to your business operations.

Stay Informed

Keep abreast of updates from the SBA regarding the system upgrade and any changes to the certification process. Information can be obtained directly from the SBA website or through veteran business support organizations.

Utilize Resources

Consider reaching out to veteran business support centers, local SBA offices, or consultants who specialize in SBA certifications. These resources can provide guidance and assistance in navigating the pause and ensuring that your business remains compliant.


The temporary pause of the VetCert application process is a proactive measure by the #SBA to improve the certification experience for veteran-owned businesses. While it may present some immediate challenges, particularly for those whose certifications are expiring soon, it ultimately promises to make the process more efficient and user-friendly. By staying informed and planning ahead, veteran-owned businesses can navigate this pause effectively and continue thriving in their respective markets. To learn more about how the Veteran Owned Business Roundtable (VOBRT) can assist your business during this transition and beyond, please visit: