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 Certification – 8a Net Worth Requirements

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

SBA 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 size protest, the analysis will usually be conducted under an Identity of Interest and family relationship basis. Companies that do not understand these rules can find… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Why Your SBA 8 a Application is Denied

The Small Business Administration may deny your SBA 8a application for several reasons. A common problem occurs when the SBA requests more information as a precondition of admission to the 8(a) Business Development Program. When the SBA tells you that your 8a application is incomplete and requests more information, your application… Read more »