8a Certification Benefits & 8a Program Advantages

Small businesses seeking to take the company to another level should consider the various SBA 8a 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… Read more »

Filing or Intervening SBA Small Business Size Protests

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 »

8a Set Aside Contracting Versus HUBZone Contracts

There is still great confusion between small businesses about 8a sole source and 8a set aside contracts versus HUB Zone contracts set-aside requirements. 8a set asides are a powerful tool for agencies to achieve small business and small disadvantaged business contracting goals. When challenging the agency’s decision, contractors should beware of the rules of… Read more »

Contractor Teaming Agreement vs Joint Venture

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

SBA Size Appeal and Determinations of Common Management and Control

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 »

SBA Definition of Affiliation

Does Your Teaming Agreement Avoid the SBA Definition of Affiliation? When small businesses become subject to the SBA affiliation of 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… Read more »

How to Submit a Joint Venture With Government Contracts Proposals

Understanding the rules when submitting a joint venture business proposals 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 joint venture with government… 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 Criteria & How to Get 8a Status

Overcoming the SBA’s 8a certification eligibility requirements 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 mistakes… Read more »