Small businesses seeking to take the company to another level should consider the various 8(a) certification benefits and advantages. With the right information about the government contracting process when agencies purchase your specific services or products, your company can often reach a level that the traditional commercial sector may not allow. What… Read more »

Oftentimes government contractors may want to file SBA size standards protest because they have reason to believe that the awardee does not meet the definition of a small business. However, given the short deadlines, companies have a difficult time explaining why the competitor is not a small business. This procedural requirement that… Read more »

There is still great confusion between small businesses about 8a set aside contracts versus HUBZone contracts set-aside requirements. 8a set asides are a powerful tool for agencies to achieve small business and small disadvantaged business contracting goals. An 8a set aside can be facilitated as a sole source or competitive acquisition. When… Read more »

The subtle difference between using a teaming agreement and a joint venture agreement is that a teaming agreement essential identifies the prime contractor and subcontractor and discusses the roles of each to the government. In a joint venture arrangement, a third entity is the actual offeror and not the individual… Read more »

In the recent case of SBA Size Appeal of Medical Comfort Systems, Inc., and B&B Medical Services, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5640 (2015), OHA found that the Area Office correctly determined that past affiliation between firms had ended well before the date for determining size and that identity of interest analysis did not… Read more »

Does Your Teaming Agreement Avoid SBA Meaning of Affiliation? When small businesses become subject to the SBA affiliation definition, there is generally a government bid submitted where there are teaming agreements or joint venture agreement relationships.  Having improper relationships can cause companies to lose the contract and income for their respective… Read more »

Understanding the rules when submitting a joint venture proposal for government contracts can be very tricky. Although the FAR allows for this type of relationship, companies submitting a bid proposal must be very aware of the underlying affiliation rules that frequently apply.  When small businesses enter into a joint venture agreement, they… Read more »

The Eastern District Court bought the gravel down on two federal contractor executives for SBA 8a small business fraud and abusing the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8a contracting program to obtain more than $31 million in contracts unlawfully. See case where defendants were sentenced to 27 and 15 months in prison…. Read more »

Failure to Meet SBA 8a Program Annual Requirements Can Get You Terminated from the Program. Small businesses often find themselves subject to the termination because of failure to comply with SBA 8a Program Annual requirements. ‘This is a very strict requirement. Unless participants get an expressed extension from the SBA,… Read more »

Being certified as an SBA 8a small business is a way for small businesses to increase their ability to obtain federal government contracts.  Being 8a certified opens many doors for you and your business. However, it is crucial to make sure that 8a application meets all of the requires.  Common… Read more »