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SBA 8a Certification Requirements &Qualifications

8a certification requires a detailed understanding of your qualifications. Failure to understand the requirements can lead to denial. Call us for immediate help at 1-866-601-5518.

You must meet the following SBA 8a  certification requirements in order to become certified under the 8(a) BD Program:8a certification qualifications

  • You must be a small business concern based on applicable size standards for small businesses in your industry.
  • All individuals upon whom eligibility is based must be U.S. citizens.
  • You must be the unconditional majority owner of the business.
  • Outside business interests are strictly limited.
  • You must work full-time in your business.
  • You must be in immediate charge of your business.
  • Board control in the case of a small business corporation can be exercised only by disadvantaged persons.
  • You must be a socially disadvantaged individual. Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias within American society because of their identities as members of groups and without regard to their individual qualities. The social disadvantage must stem from circumstances beyond their control. Under the Small Business Act, certain presumed groups include African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Other individuals can be admitted to the program if they can show evidence that they are disadvantaged because of race, ethnicity, gender, physical handicap, or residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society
  • Ultimate control of your company must not reside with anyone other than those upon whom eligibility is based.
  • You must be an economically disadvantaged individual. For the 8(a) program this means all applicant individuals must have a net worth of $250,000 or less, excluding the value of the business and personal residence.
  • You must be in business for at least two years or apply for a waiver of the two-year requirement.
  • You must not have any significant unresolved federal or state tax financial issues.
  • You must be of good moral character.
  • You must not operate a business that is not eligible for certification.

Get detailed and hands-on guidance with the most complex 8a certification issues

As with any 8a application, there are 8a certification qualification issues that can subject you to further inquiry from the SBA. This includes business ownership, having too few clients (or revenues from only one client). These mistakes can generate delay or rejection with your application.

As such, our government contract and small business lawyers offer more than just document preparation services. Our SBA 8a certification help includes:

  • Assistance with 8a certification qualifications and social and economic 8a narratives.
  • Business ownership and management issues.
  • Analysis of possible control issues
  • Assessment of net worth and revenues for minority owned applicants.
  • Guidance with SDB supporting documentation.
  • Minority business certification.
  • SBA 8a certification application review.
  • Request for reconsideration in the early 8a certification process.
  • Non-minority 8a certification application.
  • 8a certification appeals to SBAOHA.
  • Termination responses and appeals.
  • Joint ventures and teaming agreements.
  • Small business 8a certification services.

Get expert legal help from attorneys that understand 8a certification requirements

In addition to exposure to large sole source contracts, and exclusive set-asides, your SBA 8a certification qualifications can boost your business revenues. However, your 8a certification application must be free from misrepresentations. You can be subject to fraudulent claims. This is why our 8a certification consultants and lawyers carefully review the contents to guide you in the right path when it comes to qualifications.

  • Our 8a certification requirements attorneys conduct a preliminary assessment of your situation to see if you pass the basic tests for 8a certification.
  • When retained, we send you a checklist of critical information needed.
  • Our consultants analyze social narratives and economic narratives for 8a certification sufficiency.
  • Provide guidance and help with mandatory update requirements.
  • Help with business ownership and control issues.
  • Income and revenue analysis.
  • Help with Request for Reconsideration and supporting information needed.

Are You Subject to Early 8a Termination?

Prepare for the crackdown in 8a certification. There has been a significant increase of terminating existing 8a participants. The SBA is cracking down on such 8a certification matters as affiliation, size standard violations and excessive withdrawal concerns.

Allegations such as failure to comply with your 8a participation agreement can be a valid reason for early termination. Having a seasoned government contract attorney at Watson & Associates can make the difference in overcoming the Intent to Terminate for the SBA 8a Program. As a current 8a certified business, please be aware that there are newly revised rules that govern the 8a Program. Let our lawyers guide you away from disaster.

Nationwide Help

Watson & Associates can help small businesses meet their 8a certification qualifications  in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Cities in which we small businesses with SBA 8a certification  include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL.

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For immediate help with your 8a application, contact Watson & Associates, LLC for a FREE initial consultation. Call 1-866-601-5518.