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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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8(a) Certification Growth 25%

In April of 2020, there were 5,245 8(a) certified firms in the United States. Today, there are 6,603 active 8(a) firms, which is a growth in number of 8(a) firms by 25.9% in.... View More
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GSA – Does Your Business Only Take Money Orders?

The federal market is not a uniform homogeneous market where all buying occurs the same way. In order for a federal buyer to make a purchase, they need a FAR compliant way.... View More
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Discover Your Next Long Term Income Source with an 8(a) Certification

The reality is that firms who have a federal (or state) certification receive preferential treatment over firms that do not. This preference can be leveraged to.... View More
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Beltway vs Outside Beltway IT Contracting

For small businesses looking to exacerbate their future business development potential, where their firm is located plays a significant role. While nearly all companies benefit greatly.... View More
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What are the Best Agencies for SDVOSB Firms?

In order to determine which agencies SDVOSB firms perform best with, it’s best to make a comparison of federal agencies’ spending with SDVOSB.... View More
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GSA Schedules - Small Business Sales Numbers were Strong in 2020

GSA Schedules are a great tool for small businesses to break into the federal marketplace. The average small business with a GSA Schedule did $1.1MM in sales. Businesses that have special.... View More
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8(a) Robust IT Growth

If your firm is in the IT industry and has been thinking about moving forward with an 8(a) Certification, now might be a great time to enter the federal marketplace.... View More
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HUBZone Two Year Growth Rates by Industry

There has been a surge in IT and Construction firms utilizing the HUBZone Program over the past two years. As you can see from the table below, IT revenue increased by 38% over the.... View More
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Preparing for 8(a) Approval Before You Apply

Around the time a small business is thinking about putting an 8(a) application together, the firm should also be strategically thinking ahead to what they will do once they obtain.... View More
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Large Growth for 8(a) Minority Certification’s Largest Sector in 2020

The 8(a) Certification allows socially and economically disadvantaged firms preferential treatment in the award of federal contracts. Due to the advantages they are given in government.... View More