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Eligibility Requirements

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    8(a) Requirements Overview

    A basic overview of the requirements for the 8(a) Business Development program. 

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    Social Disadvantage Eligibility

    Before SBA can approve an application, the disadvantaged individual(s) must show that he or she is socially disadvantaged.

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    Economic Disadvantage Eligibility

    Economically disadvantaged businesses are those who have difficulty competing in the free enterprise system due to diminished capital and credit opportunities. 

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    Ownership Eligibility

    All firms approved and remaining in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program must be owned by the disadvantaged individuals.

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    Control Eligibility

    All firms approved and remaining in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program must be controlled by the disadvantaged majority owner.

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    Size Eligibility

    All firms approved and remaining in SBA's 8(a) Business Development program must be a small business. 

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    Additional Eligibility Criteria

    In addition to the basic eligibility criteria, here are additional criteria all 8(a) Business Development program firms must meet.

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