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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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Federal Discretionary Spending Based Upon Election Results

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WOSB Self-Certification Ends October 15

In case you have missed it, the self-certification option for WOSB firms is coming to an end today, October 15, 2020. After this date all firms wanting to certify through the federal.... View More
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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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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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8(a) Certification’s Five Pathways to Growth

The 8(a) Certification provides socially and economically disadvantaged businesses the opportunity to grow their business through federal contracts. Many of these.... 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) Firm Average Sales 2006-2020

The number of 8(a) Certified firms has dropped dramatically over the past 13 years. In 2006, there were nearly 10,000 firms in the 8(a) BD Program. Over time, the numbers dropped due to attrition.... View More
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ITVMO will Lead to an Industry-Wide IT Push to GSA Managed Schedules and GWACs

ITVMO, which stands for IT Vendor Management Office, is set to be launched in October of 2020. This central IT manager is a product of the combination of the GSA, OFPP.... View More
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SBA 8(a) Record Contracting in 2019

The 2019 SBA Scorecard finally came out recently, and the results were very good for both small businesses, as well as firms holding SBA Certifications.... View More
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Importance of Niche Federal Marketing

With over 60 federal agencies and millions of employees, it is impossible for any small business to broadly target contracts across all federal agencies. Therefore, what is most important is to.... View More