What is the SBA 8(a) Certification Program?

Did you know the Federal government is required by law to give preferential treatment to small disadvantaged companies?

In 2014, $34.7 billion in federal contracts was awarded to small disadvantaged businesses at an average of $5.2 million per firm.

To help these businesses thrive and compete, the US SBA created the 8(a) Business Development Program. This program is for small businesses that are majority owned by American citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged because of their race, ethnicity or other issues in their background. These businesses must also demonstrate they have good chances for success.

Acceptance into this program gives companies these benefits and more:

  • 9 years of access to federal contracts on a no-bid basis
  • Sole-source federal contracts for up to $4 million for services and $6.5 million for manufactured goods
  • Joint ventures with other companies for bigger contracts
  • Mentoring and special training
  • Access to surplus federal equipment and supplies
  • SBA loans and bonding

The long-term goal of this program is to help small businesses succeed and compete in the marketplace.

How do you get certified?

The certification program is daunting, and can take companies up to a year to complete. There are online forms to complete and hundreds of pages of supporting documents to submit.

Many applications are denied for purely technical reasons — they forgot a document, or there’s a small error in some form. Here’s a list of all the steps to take for certification.

We can help you get certified

The WII Group is 8(a) certified, so we know what it takes to assemble the three briefcases of documents you need to submit. We’ve developed a streamlined process for getting your company 8(a)certified so you can take advantage of our experience.

Here’s what one of our successful clients had to say about his/her experience with the WII Group’s 8(a) Certification Assistance Program:

We were certified 1 week after submitting the application. I think we broke a record. SBA called it a Fast Track application because our paperwork was in line. Your financial work was on point with what they were asking for. We will be calling upon you again, that’s for sure.”
Maurice D. Moore, Cyber Research Group, LLC

You’ll have less stress and less uncertainty about what to include in your application. You’ll save time and effort as we do the heavy lifting of gathering documents and verifying information.

We put together a list of the 7 top reasons the SBA will reject your financials in your 8(a) certification. See here for more information on 8(a) Certification Program and download our list of the 7 top reasons the SBA will reject your financials in your 8(a) certification.

Alternatively, call our office today or fill the form below so we can get you started on this lucrative path of being a successful government contractor!


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