The SBA 8(a) Business Development Program – What Is It and What Are the Requirements?

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Join Cherry Bekaert’s Government Contractor Services Group for part one of a new podcast series discussing various aspects of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program. The 8(a) program is a business assistance program that was created to help small disadvantaged businesses wanting to do business with the Federal government gain a foothold in Federal government contracting.

Our Government Contractor Services group has an in-depth understanding of the 8(a) program and advises a number of 8(a) government contractors through each step of the process to add value and anticipate ongoing opportunities. From the initial important decisions made in becoming an 8(a), to the first contract, to how the company is growing throughout the life of the program.

In this first episode, Susan Moser, Partner and Leader of Cherry Bekaert’s Government Contracting practice and John Ure, Tax Partner and member of the Firm’s GovCon practice discuss the basics of the 8(a) program:

  • What is the 8(a) program
  • What are the opportunities, and
  • What are the requirements to apply for the 8(a) program

In future segments, we discuss the requirements to stay in the program, winning sole source and competitive contracts and how to be successful.

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