Government contracts aren’t limited to big corporations. With an SBA 8(a) Certification, small disadvantaged businesses can apply for government contracts specifically designed for them.

If you’re a small disadvantaged business and are interested in selling to the government you may qualify for an SBA 8(a) certification. This certification helps disadvantaged small businesses be more competitive in the government market.

An SBA 8(a) Certification lasts nine years and is divided into two separate phases, a four-year development phase and a five-year transition phase. Being a part of SBA 8(a) Certification gives your business access to marketing assistance, specialized business training, counseling and high-level executive development.

Your business can also receive sole-source contracts. Which means that only your company can bid on opportunities, rather than having to compete with others under the same contract. Sole-source contracts have a limit of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing.

There are several steps to check to see if your business is eligible for an SBA 8(a) Certification. Typically, you or your business has to:

  • Be a small business
  • Demonstrate potential for success
  • Own 51 percent or more of your business
  • Be an American citizen, by birth or naturalization
  • Be controlled/managed by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s)
  • Show good character

There are also separate eligibility requirements for businesses that are owned by American Indians, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians or Certified Development Companies.

Looking for advice on whether your business is eligible for an SBA 8(a) Certification? Our team is ready to answer any and all of your questions. Applying for small business certifications can be a complicated process, but you don’t have to do it alone. We’ll make sure you know where your business stands and what certification is best for you.

Need to know quick? You can also use this website to see if you qualify for an SBA 8(a) Certification.

Interested in Applying for SBA 8(A) Certification? We Can Help

We’ve been helping clients manage their relationships with the government since 1990. Your team won’t have to worry about paperwork, negotiations or confusing government language. At Government Contract Services, we take care of the hard work for you.

Our team guides clients to successful GSA schedules in a wide variety of industries. Have questions? We’ve got answers. We can help your team better understand the process of selling to the government with our resources.

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