Does my Joint Venture need to get certified by SBA?

No - Joint Ventures do not get certified as SDVOSBs or VOSBs by SBA. Instead, they must be "designated" as eligible for sole-source or set-aside awards under the Veteran Small Business Certification Program by the Managing Venture.

Both certified SDVOSBs and VOSBs who are the Managing Venture of a Joint Venture are eligible to have their certifications designate the JV as an SDVOSB or VOSB (as applicable). A Joint Venture does not need to initiate a new certification application. Instead, the Managing Venture who has a current SDVOSB or VOSB status must log into VCMS and "claim" the Joint Venture as one of its available actions as a currently certified SDVOSB or VOSB. Once a Joint Venture is claimed, the Managing Venture may also submit contract bid information and ongoing and final contract reports to maintain compliance with the Joint Venture regulations of the Veteran Small Business Certification Program (see 13 CFR 128.402).

Contracting Officers may see the designation of a Joint Venture within the Veteran Small Business Certification search tool.