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Difference Between SDB and 8a

6/10/2016

SDB – Small Disadvantaged Business On December 9, 2004, statutory authority to use the SDB price evaluation adjustment (which was 10%) ended for the majority of federal procuring agencies. Authority to use the adjustments was still permitted to three agencies, the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Coast Guard, which used it under separate authority running
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8a Firms Declining Numbers

6/9/2016

Over the last 12 months the Federal government has awarded the least number of new 8a certifications in the past decade. Only 631 new 8a firms entered the federal market place during this period. 8a firms graduate after nine years of program participation. YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6 YR 7 YR 8 YR 9 8a Firms By Year 631 829
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8A Application Program

6/1/2016

Application Submittal The application is received by the Division of Program Certification and Eligibility (DPCE). The SBA Associate Administrator of Business Development (AA/BD), the reviewer of the application, then has 15 days to review the application after receipt. Complete Application The SBA will then advise each program applicant if the application is complete and suitable for evaluation. If
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8a Firms Assisting with FEMA Disaster Recovery

5/22/2016

8a firms are often best equipped to help their neighbors when national disasters hit. This is because the 8a certified company has the ability to receive sole source contracts up to $4.5 million dollars. Due to the much faster processing time of a sole source contracts relief can then get to the victims faster. FEMA
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8a Firms Assisting with FEMA Disaster Recovery

5/22/2016

8a firms are often best equipped to help their neighbors when national disasters hit. This is because the 8a certified company has the ability to receive sole source contracts up to $4.5 million dollars. Due to the much faster processing time of a sole source contracts relief can then get to the victims faster. FEMA
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Federal Contract Past Performance Appraisals

5/13/2016

Many companies every year set the goal to break into the lucrative federal market space. In this article we are going to review why the federal market space is difficult to break into and why SBA certifications such as the 8a certification are important to achieve this goal. Problem: Past Performance For new firms attempting to obtain
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2011 Fastest 50 – Fastest growing contractors in the DC Area and their SBA Certification Type

5/9/2016

Rank Last Year Company Annual Growth Rate SBA Certification
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Typical 8(a) Failure Pattern

5/2/2016

The SBA reports that in 2013 the number of firms applying for 8(a) was 2,325. According to a Small Business Dynamic Search 548 firms were approved for 8(a) during this same time period. Therefore, 24% of firms that applied for the 8(a) Certification received approval. I personally find these numbers staggering. First of all that
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