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What the DC Beltway is Telling Us about Opportunities in the 8(a) Program

8(a) Firms Average Sales

In 2021 there were 5,831 8(a) Certified firms. Today, that number has increased to 6,496. This 665 small business increase in the number of 8(a) Certified firms is sizable. What is interesting about this uptick is that 65 percent of that growth is coming from the DC Beltway. From 2020 to 2021 the number of 8(a) firms in the DC Beltway has increased by 434, or 26.3% growth, 8(a) firms in one year. This is a humongous one-year increase for the SBA’s 8(a) BD Program.

The rest of the states have increased their number of 8(a) firms by 5.5% from 4,181 to 4,412. This is telling us that the people who are most familiar with the 8(a) program have noticed the high level of per firm sales figures, over $5MM per 8(a) firm, and are choosing to invest and jump in.

If you would like to see the number of total 8(a) firms in your state, see the following table below.

If you are interested in exploring your firm’s qualifications and potential utilizing an 8(a) Certification, I always recommend contacting an industry expert such as ez8a or Advance 8a, Neither charge for an initial consultation.


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