SBA 8(a) for Minority-Owned Businesses

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SBA 8(a) Business Development Program for Minority-Owned Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) provides several opportunities to qualified small businesses to encourage their growth. In particular, the 8(a) Business Development Program provides sole source and reduced competition government contracts in addition to business development resources for minority-owned businesses.

How Do I Qualify for SBA's Business Development Program?

What If My Business Is Less Than Two Years Old?

The SBA will also certify businesses less than two years old if they meet the following conditions laid out in the Code of Federal Regulations:

What Benefits Does the Program Provide?

How Do I Apply?

The SBA provides free help with the application process as well as online trainings. A qualified small business must complete the following steps to file an application:

Should I Consult an Attorney Concerning the Business Development Program?

The SBA provides several free resources to help small businesses apply to the 8(a) Business Development Program and it is unlikely you will need an attorney for the purpose of applying to the program. However, you may need assistance ensuring that your corporate and tax documents, licenses, and permits are in good order. If so, you may want to contact a small business attorney.

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Last Modified: 01-03-2014 12:57 PM PST

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