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8a Magazine’s content is provided by the federal and state certification and contracting industry experts of ez8a, Advance GSA, Government Marketing, Advance 8a and Fedvital, as well as guest contributors that are at the top of their field. Aspiring 8a Articles are designed to focus on the advantages a firm can realize by pursuing the SBA’s 8a Certification. While our articles highlight different aspects of the certification process, further exploration of the subject matter or even issues that we have yet to discuss (or haven’t discussed in a while) may be at the top of your mind. Click ‘Ask An Expert’ to send a note directly to our resident Aspiring 8a Expert, Todd Luttenegger. From there, Todd can help answer any questions your firm may have concerning the 8a Certification process. Ask an Expert
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Top 10 Benefits of an 8(a) Certification

8(a) Certification is the subject of a lot of discussion among socially and economically disadvantaged business owners. However, most people I talk to can only name a few of the benefits that.... View More
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Industry Sales of Small Businesses with a GSA Schedule

Knowing the sales volumes of the federal government is an important thing to know prior to obtaining a GSA Schedule. There are 19,000 GSA Schedule Holders of which.... View More
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8(a) + GSA Schedule Combination Became More Valuable in 2020

2020 was a good year for 8(a) firms that also took part in the GSA Schedule Program. Overall, the number of 8(a) firms with a GSA contract remained.... View More
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What do 8(a) Certification Numbers Tell Us About Opportunities in Your State?

According to the SBA, there are roughly 5,800 8(a) certified firms in the United States. 28% of these firms are located in Virginia, Maryland and the.... View More
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SBA’s “Top 10” List of Why 8(a) Applications are Denied

In a recent SBA webinar, the SBA went over in great detail the top 10 most common reasons for denials of an 8(a) Application. While there are a lot of reasons why.... View More
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Federal Certification Squeeze

Federal sales have grown in the small business segment of the federal marketplace. A decade ago, it was difficult for the SBA to attain the 23% Congressionally mandated.... View More
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Procrastination is the Great Downfall of Many 8(a) Applications

Current 8(a) application processing time has increased from three months in July of 2020 to five months in November. We are anticipating waiting times to continue to grow well.... View More
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8(a) Application – Avoid the Two Unfixable Errors

As a consultant, I get calls from people that say to me, “I need immediate help. My 8(a) application is in trouble! Obtaining an 8(a) Certification is critical for my business, there is a major.... View More
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8(a) Construction Spending by State

There are 1,646 socially and economically disadvantaged construction firms that have taken the necessary steps to become 8(a) Certified. This represents around 30% of 8(a).... View More
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Understanding the Dreaded SBA’s 8(a) 70% Rule

I often run into firms that have spent the last few years working as a subcontractor for a federal prime contractor. These firms learn the benefits of obtaining an 8(a) Certification and becoming a prime contractor themselves. View More