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 »

8(a) Certification Consultants

By: Leanna Ajour, Esq., California & Colorado Attorney 8(a) Certification Consultants:  The Five-Finger Checklist for selecting an 8(a) Certification Consultant:  1)      Work with an 8(a) Consultant that not only understands the requirements of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program, but wants you to understand the requirements, as… Read more »

8a Application Problems, Denials and Appeals

Understanding the 8a Application Denial and Appeals Process is Critical Before Acting After you submit your 8 a 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 »

Small Business Certification Requirements

Make Sure that Your Company Meets the Small Business Administration SBA federal definition of small business Or Else You Risk Losing Your Government Contracts Award in a Small Business Size Protest. Meeting the SBA small business certification requirements requires an understanding of compliance laws and penalties for misrepresenting your company as a small… Read more »

Information On SBA 8a Small Business Applications Denial 13 CFR 124.106

All 8a small business applicants must meet the statutory requirements for approval into the 8(a) BD Program. The following case demonstrates the results for failure to meet those requirements. Companies Still Battle 8a Small Business Denials If you are not familiar with the program requirements, 8a small business applicants might consider… Read more »

SBA 8a Termination

An  SBA 8(a)termination or graduation appeal is an appeal from an 8(a) BD termination or graduation determination, made by the Director, Office of Business Development (CFR 124.301-304). A small business can be terminated early from the 8(a) Program for situations such as: noncompliance of the reporting criteria; failure to maintain the business… Read more »

SBA 8a Program Eligibility Requirements & Criteria

The 8a Certification Program is a nine-year business development program that allows a small economically and socially disadvantaged business with 8a status to participate and have access to government contracts. SBA 8a certification eligibility requirements are heavily regulated and applicants seeking to get 8(a) certified must carefully review their information before sending to… Read more »

SBA Negative Control Definition 13 CFR 121.103

Does Your SBA Operating Agreement Comply With the Rules Under 13 CFR 121.103? If Not, You Can Lose Your Contract. 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… Read more »