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8a Certification

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program is a federal program designed to give small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals an opportunity to compete for government contracts. The SBA provides the following description of the 8(a) program:

“The SBA's 8(a) BD Program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market.” 
Like other federal, state, local and private programs meant to give small, minority and women owned businesses a means to gain access to federal and corporate markets, the admission into the 8(a) BD program is only open to certain designated groups including African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.

Once admitted into the programs certified companies can bid against other certified companies for contracts set-aside for 8(a) firms. The SBA 8(a) BD program also allows certified companies to receive sole-source contracts. 8(a) certified company can be awarded contracts of up to $8,000,000.00 without bidding.

At Becker and Poliakoff, we are experienced in assisting companies obtain their 8(a) certification. We also assist firms with a host of legal issues that can arise from participation in the 8(a) program including:

  • Requests for Reconsideration
  • Appeals of Denial
  • Size Protests or Challenges
  • Affiliation Protests or Challenges
  • Drafting Mentor-Protégé Agreements
  • Appeal of Mentor-Protégé Agreement Denials
  • Drafting Joint Venture Agreements
  • Bid Protests

If you need assistance applying for the 8a program or you encounter problems while participating in the program the legal team at Becker & Poliakoff is available to assist you. Please call us at 305-260-1039.

Name Title Phone V-Card Email Office
Jeff P.H. Cazeau Of Counsel 305.260.1039 Miami