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8(a) Certification – “Should my firm wait to gain more experience?”

In the past, I always told clients to apply for an 8(a) Certification as soon as they were eligible. This is because the major disqualifiers for most established firms was the 8(a) View More
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8(a) Application – Don’t Let Procrastination Cost You

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) Certification – Make Timely and Accurate Financial Reporting your New Year’s Resolution

If you own or manage a small business, and are thinking about obtaining an 8(a) Certification in 2021, think about making timely and accurate financial reporting your New Year’s resolution.... View More
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8(a) Certification Update

The National Defense Authorization Act this year has a provision to increase the duration of time in the 8(a) BD Program for firms that joined prior to September of 2020. Although firms that.... View More
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8(a) Question: “Can I have a full-time job and get certified?”

For 8(a) purposes, the SBA wants for an individual applying for the 8(a) Certification to have full-time devotion to the firm in which they are applying. “Full-time devotion” is.... View More
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The Three Key Elements of a Successful 8(a) Contractor

Success in the 8(a) BD Program can transform your small business. This is because the average 8(a) firm utilizing normal federal marketing methods can earn millions of dollars in federal sales.... View More
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Biden Wants to Boost 8(a) by 3x

There are still pending issues to be resolved with the election, however, Joe Biden has called for an increase in the goal for federal spending with 8(a) BD Program participants from 5% to 15%.... View More
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8(a) Per Firm New Heights

The number of 8(a) Certified firms has dropped dramatically over the course of the last 15 years. In 2006, there were nearly 10,000 firms in the SBA’s 8(a) BD Program. Over time the.... View More
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8(a) Certification Misconceptions

The preferential treatment given 8(a) certified firms is a game changer for small businesses considering the potential economic impact this SBA Socially Disadvantaged Business Certification.... View More
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SBA Reduces 8(a) Denial Waiting Period

The SBA recently changed the waiting period to re-apply for firms being denied an 8(a) Certification from one-year to 90 days. This change has likely been brought about to lower the.... View More