SBA Small Business Size Protest Family Relationship & Identity of Interest

Often times, small businesses enter into family relationships that can impact the SBA Size standards application. When competitors challenge a government contract award in an SBA small business size protest, the analysis will usually be conducted under an Identity of Interest and family relationship basis. Companies that do not understand these rules… Read more »

Joint Venture Advantages and Disadvantages

In federal government contracting, there are many advantages for entering into a joint venture agreement (JV). However, there are some joint venture disadvantages that can cripple a company. Small businesses especially have to be aware of the tricky rules and laws that impact joint venture relationships. When making your decision to enter into JV… Read more »

Complying With SBA 8a Program Annual Requirements

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 »

SBA 8a Certification Eligibility & SBA Requirements

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 »

SBA Size Standards Protest Timeliness

Meeting SBA size protest timeliness requirements can be a problem when you are not sure when the clock actually starts.  More importantly, filing an untimely size protest can eliminate your opportunity for a second chance at a government project.   In many situations, because there is confusion about when the… Read more »

Strategic Alliance Small Business Joint Ventures

Small businesses continue to use joint ventures as a strategic alliance to get larger government contracts.  There are various advantages and disadvantages of forming venture relationships. There are also specific rules that govern these alliances. Yet  small businesses continue to lose larger contracts due to increasing amounts of small business size… Read more »

SBA Small Business Size Determination & NAICS Size Standards 13 CFR 121

Although it is relatively easy to qualify, small businesses often find themselves in adverse situations when a competitor challenges their SBA size standards for certain NAICS. The following cases also show that the contracting agency sometimes make huge mistakes when selecting appropriate NAICS Code for a procurement under small business… Read more »

HUBZone Certification & HUBZone Requirements

How to Get SBA HUBZone Certified Having SBA HUBZone certification opens many doors for you as a contractor.  It is important to understand the requirements that you must fulfill in a proposal submission and what is owed to you by the government in a request for proposal.  HUBZone stands for… Read more »