When trying to get the benefit of the SBA Mentor Protege Program, there is Joint Venture affiliation exception that you must be extremely careful about.  SBA rules that require 8a companies to get prior approval. This requirement poses substantial problems for small businesses relying on the SBA to approve a mentor… Read more »

Under the Newly Organized Concern Rule, when filing or defending an SBA Small Business Size Protest, government contractors must be aware of the nuances and landmines awaiting them. The newly organized concern rule consists of four required elements:   (1) the former officers, directors, principal stockholders, managing members, or key… Read more »

SBA Federal Minority Owned Business Certification

When you submit an SBA 8a application, part of the process requires you to write a Narrative Statement of Social Disadvantage (Social Narrative). This only applies if you do not meet the meet the statutory presumption of being socially disadvantaged. Not all applicants require a statement of economic disadvantage. Although you… Read more »

The Small Business Administration may deny your SBA 8a application for several reasons. A common problem occurs when the SBA requests more information as a precondition of admission to the 8(a) Business Development Program. When the SBA tells you that your 8a application is incomplete and requests more information, your application… Read more »

  Understanding the 8a Application Denial and Appeals Process is Critical Before Acting After you submit your 8a application, there is a 60% chance that you will experience problems with denials and appeals. One of the biggest problems in the application process is that applicants fail to show that the are… Read more »

Meeting the SBA  small business certification requirements requires an understanding of compliance laws and penalties for misrepresenting your company as a small business. Understanding what SBA small business size standard rules you have to follow for purposes of bidding on government contracts definitely has its advantages. As compared to State and… Read more »

Rules for SBA 8a Certification in Government Proposals When it comes to SBA 8a certifications, although contracting agencies can consider subcontractor experience in government proposals, there is no mandatory requirement to do so. A government contracting agency need not consider your subcontractor experience where the solicitation contemplates award of a… Read more »

8a Certification Requirements for Your 8 a Application

The SBA requirements for 8a certification force applicants to consider a vast amount of personal and business information. To obtain your 8a certification status, you must meet very specific SBA requirements.   Failure to meet them will cause suspicion and rejection.  Many small businesses go through the application phase only to find… Read more »

Avoid Common Problems in the SBA 8a Certification Application Process During the 8a certification process, the SBA scrutinizes each 8a application to ensure that the applicant meets the statutory requirement for certification. The public is usually not told of the detailed requirements for certification. As a result, many 8a certification packages are… Read more »