8a small Business Certification
Opportunities abound for certified socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses!
Government agencies and community organizations have what are called set-asides - contracts that are earmarked to be fulfilled by small businesses that are economically disadvantaged (with a net worth of less than $750K) and /or owned and managed by a member of a social-disadvantaged group such as a minority, woman or veteran.
Prime government contractors are always looking to fulfill their Small Business Participation requirements by subcontracting work to top-performing small businesses with 8a certification.
For certification purposes, a socially or economically business is defined this way by the Minority Business Development Agency:
Under the Small Business Act, certain individuals are presumed socially disadvantaged: African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians), and Subcontinent Asian Americans. An individual who is not a member of one of the groups listed can be admitted to the program if he/she shows - through a "preponderance of the evidence" - that he/she is socially disadvantaged. For instance, an individual may show social disadvantage due to race, ethnic origin, gender, physical handicap, long-term residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society; or other similar causes.
Get ready to be certified. A lot of people don't realize the application process to participate in the 8a program is different from applications for other certification programs that people typically lump-together with the 8a.
So, the 8a Small Business Certification Clinic is a start-to-finish 8a certification prep program for small businesses that meet the above eligibility requirements. During this one-day live training, you will: You will need to have access to your corporate documents for this training.
- Review and Verify eligibility requirements to participate in the 8a program
- Download documents needed to validate your eligibility (your corporate documents and everything on the checklist)
- Walk you through the application processTraining Deliverable: Your 8a Package
This clinic is a live, one-day training that is available onsite, live stream or via webinar replay. Those who attend the on-site training will be provided a boxed lunch. Of course, if you choose to register for the webinar, you will not have the opportunity to ask questions.