SBA 8a Certification Consultants & Lawyers
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The Small Business Administration (SBA) 8a certification Program is a congressional program designed to help socially and economically disadvantaged small business to better position themselves in the business world. This is does by tacking advantaged of uniquely targeted sole source requirements and 8aset asides where only 8(a) Program participants get bid for federal projects. However, to get to the powerful benefits of the program you must become 8(a) certified. This can be a daunting process simply because most 8a certification applicants are unaware of the detailed review by the SBA. More importantly many small business believe the application process to be easier than it really is. There is legal threshold that you must meet within the numerous sections of the 8a certification process. This is where our government contracts consultants and lawyers can help.
· Get A-Z help with your 8a certification applications
· Avoid affiliation mistakes that can cost you a contract
· Get help with joint venture agreements and teaming agreements
· Litigate and appeal averse decisions from the SBA
· Take advantage of our flat rate offerings
· Free initial consultations
Watson & Associates, LLC are 8a certification consultants and lawyers that provide detailed assistance to small businesses and minority owned business to get past the hurdles in the certification process. The 8a certification program is tough business. The SBA rejects about 70% of 8a certification applications after its first review. We help you analyze net worth, business relationships and ownerships, social narrative and economic narratives, ownership and control problems and more. We can either perform a complete review of your package before submission or we can help you prepare the entire 8a application.
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8a Certification, 8a Status and Eligibility Requirements
Entrepreneurs seeking to gain entrance into the SBA's 8a program must meet a number of criteria in such areas as ownership, management, and likelihood of success.
8a Application and 8a Certification process
Your 8a application will be submitted the central SBA 8a Program Office in California for final review. You will be asked to provide a wide range of materials, ranging from personal and business financial statements to organization charts, licenses, and schedules of business insurance. The 8a certification process can take up to six months for the SBA to make a decision. This is why it is critical to have a complete package the first time. If you make mistakes, your 8a Program Application can be delayed,
What Happens When You are Denied 8a Status?
Typically, when the SBA returns your package as incomplete, you will have 45 days to submit a Request for Reconsideration. However, upon final denial, you can only resubmit you 8(a) application after 12 months. As SBA 8a certification consultants, we can help with allegations of SBA 8a fraud.
Appeal from Denial into the SBA 8a Certification Program
After the SBA’s size protest final denial, you can appeal the denial to the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeal. Caution must be taken since, there are legal and procedural rules that you must follow. Without having a government contracts lawyer on your side that understands the 8(a) Program, you can be at a great disadvantage. See winning sample case
Special Rules for Sole Sources in the SBA 8a Program
· Get help in preparation for an upcoming effort targeted for sole source
· Lear how to overcome common hurdles faced with 8a Program sole source contracts
· Develop internal practices to avoid affiliation and violations of Mentor Protege rules
· Learn how to stay compliant once you are approved for the 8a Program
Newly-published rules by the Small Business Administration (SBA) address the justification and approval process associated with large sole-source contract awards to 8(a) firms; address parity among 8(a), HUBZone, and SDVOSB firms; set a minimum for the amount of work an 8a firm must do when joint venturing with a large business; and propose increases in the small business size standards for some industries. Public comment is being solicited on the last item.
Specifically, the rules:
The first two rules were issued as interim rules by the SBA and the Federal Acquisition (FAR) Council, and are effective immediately. The third item is a proposed rule. All were published on March 16, 2011 in the Federal Register.
The FAR Council issued an interim rule implementing Section 811 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Pub. L. 111-84), which requires federal agencies to issue a Justification and Approval (J&A) prior to awarding a sole-source contract over $20 million under the 8(a) program. The J&A must be approved by an appropriate official (as currently defined by FAR 6.304) and made public after award of the contract
Nationwide SBA 8a Application Services
Federal law allows any government contracts lawyer or consultant at Watson to provide 8a certification services to business throughout the United States including Denver, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington State, California, Maryland, New Mexico, Kansas and Nebraska, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado Springs, Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio, Maine, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Maryland, Louisiana, Las Vegas, Georgia, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Florida, Indiana, Washington State, Mississippi, California, Tennessee, Tampa, Miami, Virgin Islands, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut, Arizona, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Montana.
Contact us for Help in the 8a Certification Program
If you contemplating applying for the 8(a) Certification Program or need legal assistance such as terminations or appeals, contact the 8a certification consultants and government contract lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC today. Call toll free 1-866-601-5518.
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