Several area companies in recent weeks have been certified by the New York State Office of General Services’ (OGS) Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development (DSDVBD).
They include SJ’s Residential Plumbing, Heating, and AC LLC in Endicott, which specializes in HVAC services, per a Sept. 14 OGS announcement.
On Aug. 31, OGS reported that RSC Contractors LLC of Syracuse; BMD Armed Security Inc. of Syracuse; and Ground Force Property Services LLC of Liverpool had also secured the service-disabled veteran-owned business (SDVOB) certification.
RSC Contractors of Syracuse is a general contractor specializing in site work and electrical disciplines. BMD Armed Security provides security guard and patrol services. Ground Force Property Services offers landscaping and snow-removal services.
On July 13, OGS had announced that Strategic Fish LLC of Fayetteville and Pro Custom Construction LLC of Norwood in St. Lawrence County had also been approved for the SDVOB certification.
Strategic Fish provides business management and consulting services. Pro Custom Construction specializes in general construction.
The DSDVBD was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014 through enactment of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act. As of Sept. 14, a total of 843 businesses have been certified in the Empire State.
The law promotes and encourages participation of SDVOBs in New York State public procurements of public works, commodities, services, and technology to “foster and advance economic development” in the state.
For a business to receive certification, one or more service-disabled veterans — with a service-connected disability rating of 10 percent or more from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (or from the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs for National Guard veterans) — must own at least 51 percent of the business. Other criteria include: the business must be independently owned and operated and have a significant business presence in New York, it must have conducted business for at least one year prior to the application date, and it must qualify as a small business under the New York State program. Several more requirements also need to be met.