The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, (Executive Law Article 17-B) signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 12, 2014, allows eligible Veteran business owners to get certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB). The goal of the Act is to encourage and support eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities. The OGS Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development is responsible for certifying eligible SDVOBs, and assisting and promoting their participation in the state's procurement activities.
There are certain areas where the SLA has not traditionally had spending (e.g., construction contracts and consulting services), however, in other areas such as commodities and services, the SLA actively encourages the participation of SDVOB’s whenever possible.
The SLA seeks to promote the utilization of SDVOB’s to obtain commodities and services through outreach activity with OGS and by identifying certified vendors using the SDVOB database.