The SBA adopted new rules and revised 13 CFR 126.200(b)(6). HUBZOne small businesses must still comply with the required subcontracting requirements in the performance work statement. In other words, the company must certify in its bid that it will company with the limitation on subcontracting requirements with respect to any… Read more »

In federal government contracting to have a minority owned business enterprise (MBE) can have its advantages. However, there are strict guidelines to follow on how to become a minority owned business. There are also severe consequences for not following SBA certification rules. One example of a minority-owned business enterprise is the… Read more »

When making size determinations and affiliation for negative control in small businesses, the SBA not only looks at finding actual control over the protested business but also whether a non-disadvantaged person or entity has the ability to control the firm. Negative control and positive control can be confusing to small… Read more »

When it comes to federal contracting, there are several government programs to help small businesses succeed in the procurement market. Despite the high demand for getting into these government programs, there is still a requirement to plan carefully and develop a sound roadmap to become successful. What Are Some of… Read more »

Lack of understanding SBA 8(a) Regulations Can Put Criminal Defendants at Risk On the issue of defrauding SBA Disadvantaged Small Business Program, there many recent cases where the Department of Justice, SBA Inspector General and other government entities have investigated and indicted Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) owners for committing procurement… Read more »

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 »

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. To make matters worse, the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently modified the joint regulations. The goal is to decrease the possibility of affiliation challenges. However,… 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 »