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The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, named after Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, is designed to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete for government contracts.

The federal government has a agency-wide goal to award at least 23% of its contracting dollars to small businesses, with a 5% goal for awards to 8(a) small disadvantaged businesses.

In order to be eligible for the 8(a) program, the small business concern must be owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. The program generally lasts nine years, during which time a program participant is allowed to take advantage of numerous rules and regulations enacted specifically to increase contract opportunities for 8(a) small business concerns.

General Counsel, P.C. will help you determine if you meet the qualifications of entry into the 8(a) program. We will help you compile and review the necessary supporting documentation, and ensure that your application is complete at the time it is submitted. Once admitted to the program, we will assist you with program-specific requirements, including subcontracts, teaming agreements, and joint ventures that build on your 8(a) status.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the 8(a) Business Development Program, or would like to schedule a no-obligation initial consultation, please feel free to contact the attorneys at General Counsel, P.C. at (703) 556-0411 or visit us at contact us using this form.


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