SBA Size Determination & NAICS Codes 13 CFR 121

Although it is relatively easy to qualify, small businesses often find themselves in adverse situations when a competitor challenges their SBA NAICS standards under 13 CFR Part 121 for certain industries. The following cases also show that the contracting agency sometimes make huge mistakes when selecting appropriate NAICS Code for… Read more »

How to Avoid the Adverse Inference Rule in SBA Size Determinations

The Area Office (“AO”) has discretion to apply the adverse inference rule once the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has received a size protest or a request for a formal small business size determination.  13 CFR 121.1008(d); 13 CFR 121.1009(d).  The rule will likely be applied if the protestor fails to offer the… Read more »

Gender Bias in SBA 8a BD Small Business Programs Certification

SBA Does Make Mistakes When Evaluating Gender Bias for 8a BD Small Business Programs To gain entry into the 8a Program, a program designed to help small disadvantaged businesses and SBA Minority Owned Business owners compete in the marketplace, the business entity must be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or… Read more »

SBA Affiliation Common Management & Identity of Interest

Common management and identity of interest involve complex  SBA affiliation regulations, that if violated can impact your ability to bid on future government contracts. Issues commonly arise in size protests or during the initial 8a certification application process.  The following are pointers derived from the SBA. A basic understanding can help you avoid costly… Read more »

SBA 8(a) Certification: Avoid Early Mistakes

Your company would like to broaden its horizons and deepen its corporate contracts by venturing into the government contracts arena through 8a certification with the Small Business Administration (SBA).  Great.  But, before you do, make sure the company is prepared to meet the rigorous SBA 8a certification requirements. Section 8(a) Certification… Read more »

SBA 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program Application

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8a Business Development Program Application starts the process for qualified applicants to seek approval from the SBA and join thousands of other disadvantaged businesses to increase their likelihood of getting more business revenues. The 8 a BD Program is a 9-year program initiated by Congress… Read more »