8a Sole source contracts are awarded when there is evidence that there is but a sole supplier that is capable of providing the products or purchases sought by the government. Under the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, small businesses can also get single source contracts by statute. The government contracting agreement… Read more »

After federal contractors acquire government contracts, some of them seek an exit strategy structuring a merger and acquisition of the company. However, when compared to the traditional commercial practice, when there are existing government contracts involved, buyers and sellers should beware. If you are contemplating joining your company with a… Read more »

Applying contractor teaming arrangements  best practices can create a great tool to “get your foot in the door” in Federal government contracting.  As best practices for small business success in government contracting, they are vital when bidding for substantially large contracts, such as federal government agency projects.  However, federal contractors should… Read more »

Small businesses considering submitting a joint venture  proposal for federal government contracts must be aware of certain legal landmines when bidding. The most important aspect of using a JV business relationship is to avoid affiliation while making sure that the joint venture agreement meets statutory requirements. Small businesses that are… Read more »

Make Sure That Your Joint Venture Contractual Agreement Gets Approved Before Contract Award Government Requests for Proposal (RFP) are sometimes set aside for 8(a) BD program participants. An important aspect that potential bidders must look out for is the specific language that “If the procurement is to be awarded through… Read more »

Making the right choice can increase business revenues by at least 30% Small businesses often execute joint venture agreements without clearly understanding the applicable rules and joint venture advantages and disadvantages. To make matters worse, the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently modified the joint regulations. The goal is to decrease… Read more »

When submitting your 8a certification application, meeting the social and economic disadvantaged status can be confusing. Understanding the legal requirements and statutes related to ethnicity, bias and immigration status in an essential part of getting your application approved. An individual claiming disadvantaged status on the basis of his or her ethnicity… Read more »

When applying for your 8a certification, there is one common issue that sometimes confuses applicants. The question on whether you meet 8a certification net worth requirements becomes complicated when there are second mortgages on the primary residence, etc. Although the 8a Program rules seem straightforward, applicants still have concerns about… Read more »

Being in the unfortunate situation of being terminated from the 8(a) Program, you may still have various reasons to appeal the SBA decision. Understanding these reasons can impact your ability to continue getting the benefits of the Program. When Can the SBA Initiate Termination from the 8(a) Program? The SBA… Read more »

Small Business Subcontracting Plan requirements under FAR 52.219-9 are frequently seen in solicitations from the federal government. The underlying reason is to advance opportunities to small businesses in larger contracts. This is an example of Congress’s efforts to provide more contracting vehicles to smaller companies. FAR Subcontracting Plan requirements usually seek… Read more »