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IDOA > Indiana Veteran's Business > IVBE Frequently Asked Questions IVBE Frequently Asked Questions

What is an IVBE?

An IVBE is a business that qualifies as an Indiana Veterans Business Enterprise through the State of Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA). The State of Indiana's program provides economic opportunities to qualified businesses (a small business concern, a veteran-owned business, or a service disabled veteran–owned business) by setting a goal for IVBEs to achieve at least 3% of the State’s competitive purchase of goods or services.
 

What are the laws that apply to the IVBE program?

The laws and policies that apply to the IVBE program can be found on the IVBE Laws and Policies web page. 
 

Who do I contact about the IVBE program?

Email IDOA at:  indianaveteranspreference@idoa.in.gov
 

What if I need help registering with the State of Indiana as a bidder?

For Bidder Registration assistance, contact Amey Redding at (317) 234-3542 or aredding@idoa.IN.gov.
 

Does the IVBE program apply to different State of Indiana projects (public works, INDOT)?

The IVBE program applies to State of Indiana solicitations for commodities and services; with the exception of public works projects and INDOT federal projects.
 

Does the IVBE program apply to federal projects/contracts?

No, the IVBE program does not apply to the federal projects or contracts.
 

What are the requirements to become an IVBE or how do I qualify?

In order to be certified/registered as an Indiana Veteran Business Enterprise, a business must be an Indiana business registered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or through the State of Indiana registration process.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Eligibility: To review the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs program and eligibility visit the Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization web page.

State of Indiana IVBE Application Eligibility: The state certification requires the company be at least 51% owned by a Veteran, who must have control over the management and day to day operations and meet one of the following:

  • Pays the majority of its payroll (in dollar volume) to residents of Indiana;
  • Employs Indiana residents as a majority of its employees;
  • Makes a significant capital investment in Indiana; or
  • Has its headquarters in the State of Indiana.
What documentation is required?

In order to be certified/registered as an Indiana Veteran Business Enterprise, a business must be an Indiana business registered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or through the State of Indiana registration process.

U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsDocumentation: To review the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs program visit the Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization web page.

State of Indiana IVBE Application Documentation:

(Out of state businesses may require additional documentation to confirm eligibility)
 

How do I get certified as an Indiana Veteran Business Enterprise?  

When registering as an IVBE, eligible businesses must select one of the two options to complete the registration process. Businesses will either register with the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs or will Register Directly with the State of Indiana IVBE program. For details visit the How to Become an Indiana VBE web page.
 

How long does it take to be certified?

In order to be certified/registered as an Indiana Veteran Business Enterprise, a business must be an Indiana business registered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or through the State of Indiana registration process.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Option: The length of time to be certified varies depending on the processing time to receive verification of VA classification.  The average verification processing time is provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

State of Indiana IVBE Program Option: The Indiana Department of Administration will process the applications as quickly as possible, but the time frames will vary depending on office capacity workloads.
 

Is there a cost to be certified as an IVBE?

In order to be certified/registered as an Indiana Veteran Business Enterprise, a business must be an Indiana business registered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or through the State of Indiana registration process.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Option: Any fees for verification of VA classification are determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

State of Indiana IVBE Program Option:There are no fees to complete the State of Indiana IVBE application process. The State of Indiana also does not charge any fees for businesses to register as a bidder.
 

How often do I need to renew my certification?

In order to be certified/registered as an Indiana Veteran Business Enterprise, a business must be an Indiana business registered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or through the State of Indiana registration process.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Option: The renewal period is determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

State of Indiana IVBE Program Option: IVBEs will need to recertify or renew their IVBE certification every two (2) years with the State of Indiana. 
 

How do I find opportunities to bid?

IDOA Procurement lists Solicitation opportunities on its website.
 

Where can I get a list of IVBEs?

Search for Indiana Veteran Business Enterprises by using the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs catalog and the State of Indiana IVBE Directory. Currently you will need to verify in both locations. 
 

Where do I track my IVBE subcontractor spend?

IVBE subcontractor spend must be tracked in IDOA’s Pay Audit System.