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8a certification – Timing Your Application

5/1/2016

Small Business Administration (SBA) Certifications Deciding when to go forward with you 8a application is often not an easy decision. Many successful companies put off the 8a certification until it is too late and lose the ability to become a Large Federal Prime Contractor Forever. 8a Juggling Act In order for a firm to receive an 8a
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8(a) Potential for Success

4/29/2016

2 Years in Business As part of a firm’s 8(a) Application the SBA must determine that a firm is ready and will be successful if admitted into the program. Research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that most failures of American startups will occur in the first two year of their existence. The U.S. Bureau of
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SBA 8(a) Interpretation of 70% Rule changed by OHA Appeal

4/22/2016

In order for a company to become 8(a) certified, one of the requirements that must be met is to prove that the firm has economic independence (identity of interest) from other businesses or persons. Therefore, one of the largest roadblocks for a firm meeting the 2 year criteria is proving independence and that the firm
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Seven Potential 8a Marketing Advantages

4/18/2016

A firm should assess the marketing advantages it has when going forward for an 8a certification. These marketing advantages can lead to much larger contracts sooner in the federal market space. Every contract builds upon the next in terms of size. So therefore it is critical that a firm make use of as many of
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Obtaining Federal Contracts

4/17/2016

Listed below are four common ways an 8a Certified firm is awarded contracts by the Federal Government. 1. SBA SEARCH LETTER This pathway begins with the SBA District Office to which your company is assigned sending out a “Search Letter” on your behalf. This type of action can be initiated by either your company requesting it, or
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8a Certification for Construction Contractors

4/15/2016

The Federal Government spends approximately $6B annually with 8(a) construction firms. This amount is approximately 20% of the Federal Governments annual construction budget of $30B. I have broken down the budget by States/US territory to show the total amount of Federal Spending in each location. Included is also transactional data with the average revenue per 8(a) firm in
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When Does A Company Need A Two-Year Waiver for 8a Certification?

4/7/2016

The two basic factors for whether a two year waiver is required: 1. Has the applicant concern been in business for 2-years as evidenced by two tax returns? 2. Has the applicant concern generated business in the primary NAICS code for the preceding two years? Both conditions must be met. Sometimes it can be unclear as to whether or
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When Does A Company Need A Two-Year Waiver for 8a Certification?

4/7/2016

The two basic factors for whether a two year waiver is required: 1. Has the applicant concern been in business for 2-years as evidenced by two tax returns? 2. Has the applicant concern generated business in the primary NAICS code for the preceding two years? Both conditions must be met. Sometimes it can be unclear as to whether or
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