Qualifying for 8(a) Certification
It is not easy to receive the 8(a) certification, and it can be a challenge just to apply. However, with GSE’s assistance, you can obtain certification and participate in the very profitable sole source contracting vehicle.
As of July 2020, to qualify for the 8(a) socially or economically disadvantaged business program, you must:
- Be a small business
- Not already have participated in the 8(a) program.
- Be at least 51% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are economically and socially disadvantaged.
- Be owned by someone whose personal net worth is $250,000 or less.
- Be owned by someone whose average adjusted gross income for three years is $250,000 or less.
- Be owned by someone with $4 million or less in assets.
- Have the owner manage day-to-day operations and also make long-term decisions
- Have all its principals demonstrate good character
- Show potential for success and be able to perform successfully on contracts.
8(a) Certification Benefits
The benefits that accompany an 8(a) program certification can help your disadvantaged businesses prosper. As part of the five percent of the mandatory federal contracting dollars, the 8(a) certification offers benefits to qualified firms such as:
- Competition for set-aside and sole-source contracts in the program
- Receive management and technical assistance, including business training, counseling, marketing assistance, and high-level executive development that can push your small business to the next level
- You can compete for contract awards under multiple socio-economic programs, as they apply—opening doors for you individually and as a business.
- Federal Government spent over $29 billion with 8(a) certified firms in 2018.
- 5% of prime contracts are mandated to be subcontracted to 8(a) certified firms.
- Sole-sourcing contracts – the 8(a) certification can work as a contracting source where procurement officers can award contracts to 8(a) certified firms without putting them up for bid.
- An 8(a) firm will benefit from focusing on running their business rather than preparing and submitting complex responses to solicitations and RFQs.
- Limited competition – only 8500 companies are 8(a) certified out of 24 million businesses in the USA.
- Joint venture/mentor protégée programs.
How GSE Can Assist with an 8(a) Certification
Although there are countless benefits to being an 8(a) certified business, it can be tough to be accepted by the SBA. The SBA is always making steps to assist disadvantaged small businesses, but the application, acceptance, and paperwork process are still challenging to navigate for the general public.
By hiring the GSE professionals, your business will receive a dedicated group of experts who can lead you to a better chance of being 8(a) certified. Forget the complications of handling the Federal Government, and let GSE assist your firm. Fill out the preliminary qualification form below to get the process started.
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