SBA Federal Minority Owned Business Certification

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 minority business certification rules. One example of a federal minority-owned business certification program is… Read more »

SBA Operating Agreement & Negative Control Definition

When making size determinations and affiliation under the negative control definition for 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 company. The negative control definition and positive control legal analysis can… Read more »

Government Programs to Help Small Businesses

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 »

SBA Fraud – Criminal Defense for Disadvantaged Small Business Program

On the issue of defrauding the government under the SBA Disadvantaged Small Business Program, there many recent small business government contract SBA fraud 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 fraud under… Read more »

8a Government Contracts & Getting 8a Sole Source Contracts

Understand the benefits of SBA 8a requirements and 8 a sole source contracts with the government. It can take your business to the next level. 8a government contracts are awarded when there is evidence that there is but a sole supplier that is capable of providing the products or purchases sought… Read more »

Joint Venture Advantages and Disadvantages

In government contracting, small businesses often execute generic joint venture agreement templates without clearly understanding the applicable rules and the liability attached.  Although there are many joint venture advantages and disadvantages, the real question is what impact (positive or negative) does having a joint venture relationship bring to your business…. Read more »

8a Certification Based on Ethnicity Bias and Immigration

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 »

SBA 8a Certification Requirement – Net Worth

When applying for your 8a certification, there is one common issue that sometimes confuses applicants. The question on whether you meet SBA 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 »

Termination From the 8(a) Program

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 »