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.