Categories: Contracting Services
8(a)

8(a) Program - 3 Key Facts

8(a) Eligibility Criteria
You may be aware of the SBA's 8(a) program, which is a 9-year program designed to assist companies where the majority owner(s) are both socially disadvantaged (minorities or women), and economically disadvantaged (have a net worth under $250k, or $500K if married excluding the value of the primary home, equity in the business, and a Retirement Account); who can demonstrate their potential for success by having been in business for at least two years and showing net income.
8(a) Program Benefits
Obtaining your company's 8(a) certification can grant you the ability to receive sole source awards up to $4,000,000, and enable you to compete for those opportunities that are set-aside for 8(a) companies only.
Mentor - Protege Program
Most importantly, the 8(a) program allows you the opportunity to joint venture with a large business who will serve as your mentor, and allow you to compete for even larger and more complex solicitations that you may not be able to compete for utilizing your company's resources, capacity, and past performance alone. In this regard, Sams Contracting Consulting and Training provides timely and expert assistance at an affordable price to help companies obtain their 8(a) certification.

8(a) App. Process In 5 - Steps

1: PREQUALIFICATION PROCESS
SCCT will work with the client to determine if the firm qualifies for the 8(a) program. Questions asked to determine eligibility will be along the lines of: Social and Economic Disadvantage, Company Financial History for the past 2 years, Owner's Outside Employment/ Other Businesses, Unpaid Taxes, and Criminal History.
2:  SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION GATHERING
The client will be provided with a checklist developed by SCCT containing requested documentation to be included in the hard copy application(our checklist contains items that are not listed in the SBA’s checklist).
3: PREPARATION OF ELECTRONIC APPLICATION
SCCT will prepare the company’s Electronic Application Offer using the information provided by the client.
4: SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
Upon gathering all requested documentation, SCCT will perform a quality assurance review of the documentation to identify and correct any errors that could delay the certification process. After the completion of the review, and making required changes, SCCT will submit both the electronic and hard copy applications.
5: RESPOND TO CLARIFICATION REQUESTS UNTIL RECEIPT OF CERTIFICATION
Often times, the SBA will request additional information or clarification regarding submitted documentation. In this case, SCCT will work with the client to prepare a comprehensive response letter addressing each item for continued consideration as an 8(a) applicant. SCCT will continue to assist in this capacity until all concerns have been addressed, and the client is awarded the 8a certification.

PROPOSED INVESTMENT:

  • SCCT is able to prepare the 8(a) application in 2- 3 weeks of receiving the clients information.
  • The SBA takes approximately 6-9 months to evaluate the application, and to award the certification.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:

The project period of performance for receipt of the 8a certification from date of original certification is 6-9 months.

Mr. Aaron Sams - Owner


Phone: 210-788-1034
E-mail: aaron@samscct.com

Download The 8(a) Pre-qualification Form