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IDOA > Indiana Veteran's Business > How to Become an Indiana VBE How to Become an Indiana VBE


To be considered a VBE with the state of Indiana, a firm must:

  1. Register with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

    Eligible firms are:

    • A small business concern.
    • A veteran-owned business.
    • A service disabled veteran–owned business.

    Indiana Veteran's Business EnterprisesDefinitions

    • Veteran: A person who served on active duty with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard, for any length of time and at any place and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Reservists or members of the National Guard called to federal active duty or disabled from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty or while in training status also qualify as a veteran. [Title 38 Section 101 (2)]

    • Veteran-owned business: Not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more veterans who have been residents of Indiana for at least one year before making an offer, or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans who have been residents of Indiana for at least one year before making an offer.

    • Service disabled veteran: A veteran who possesses a disability rating letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, establishing a service-connected rating between 0 and 100% or a disability determination from the Department of Defense.
        The term "service-connected" means, with respect to disability or death, that such disability was incurred or aggravated, or that the death resulted from a disability incurred or aggravated, in line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service. [Title 38 Section 101 (16)]


    • Service disabled veteran-owned business: Not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability, a spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran.

    • Small business concern: According to SBA guidelines:
        The term "small business concern owned and controlled by veterans" is defined as "(A) not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and (B) the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans." (A firm’s gross receipts must not exceed the industry size limits for the business.) [Title 15 Section 632(a)]


  2. Register your company with the Indiana Department of Administration. For bidder registration assistance, contact Amey Redding, (317) 234-3542; for other information about the Veteran's Business Enterprises program, e-mail: Indianaveteranspreference@idoa.in.gov.

  3. Must provide a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to verify VA classification to the prime contractor.