SBA Presents Webinar Series on How Small Businesses Can Navigate The 8(a) Business Development Program

Advisory Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Release Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Release Number: MA14-01So. Fla.
Contact: Tiffani S. Clements (202) 401-0035

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will present Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, the first of a free, two-part webinar series on Jan.15 at 2 p.m. EST.  The second webinar will be held Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. EST. 

 

The hour-long webinars will cover: 

 

  • Eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification
  • Technical assistance available through the 8(a) Program
  • Common misconceptions about the 8(a) Program
  • The top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned 

 

“There are more than 175 small businesses taking advantage of SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program in the south Florida district,” said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marreo.  “These businesses have received sole source offers for millions of dollars in government contract opportunities.  Business owners with a desire to grow and expand through government contracting should watch these webinars and learn about 8(a) business certification.”

 

The first webinar will focus on how the 8(a) Program works, eligibility requirements, technical assistance available to small disadvantaged businesses and common myths about the program.

 

Click on this link to register for the Jan. 15 webinar:

http://ems.intellor.com/index.cgi?p=204872&t=71&do=register&s=&rID=432&edID=293

 

The Jan. 22 webinar will cover basic “must have” requirements and the top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned.  Click on this link to register: http://ems.intellor.com/index.cgi?p=204873&t=71&do=register&s=&rID=432&edID=293

 

Both webinars will be archived on SBA’s YouTube page.

 

The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program was created to help small businesses considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged grow their businesses through counseling, training workshops, management advice and technical guidance. The nine-year program also provides these businesses access to government contracting opportunities. During fiscal year 2012, small businesses received more than $15.8 billion in 8(a) contract dollars.

 

WHAT:          Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program

WHEN:          Wednesday, Jan. 15 & Jan. 22 – 2 to 3 p.m. EST

                              HOW:             Registration is free, but required.  Click on the above links to sign up.

 

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