New York Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner RoAnn Destito recently announced that a Canastota company specializing in in fire safety and prevention services has been certified as a service-disabled veteran-owned business (SDVOB).
The New York OGS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development (DSDVBD) issued the certification to M&S Fire Protection LLC, which provides an array of fire-protection services including sprinkler inspection, installation, and service, as well as other inspections.
M&S Fire Protection was among seven newly certified businesses announced by OGS on June 7. The DSDVBD was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014 through enactment of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act. As of June 7, a total of 869 businesses were certified 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.