8(a) Program Assistance

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To help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development program.

Participants can receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing.

I went through the process to get 8(a) certified 2 years ago so I know what you need for the application. There will be a cost associated with the assistance and we're looking at a 30 day timeline. It can take up to 12 months to receive final approval.

The federal government's goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year.

Is the 8(a) certification is right for you?  It depends.

8(a) Program Requirements:

  • 1. All applicant(s) must be US citizens.
  • 2. The applicant(s) must devote full time to the business.
  • 3. The primary or main applicant must be in the top level position holder of the company, The CEO, President or the MD.
  • 4. The primary holder of the company must show that he/she is the maximum compensated in the business applying for the 8a certification.
  • 5. There should not be any transfer of personal assets within the last two years to a close or immediate family member for less than the market value.
  • 6. The reason for the social and economic disadvantage for the 8a certification should be a narrative statement containing all the information.
  • 7. The applicant should have all the licenses and professional certifications required by a business holder for the concerned business.
  • 8. The SBA must consider your business small, that is the NAICS code, the number of employees and the gross sales is the key factor that defines the size of the firm.
  • 9. The SBA will examine in detail if the business has ownership or affiliation with other business.



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