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The 7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program: Who Can Benefit?

The 7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program: Who Can Benefit?

By TiffaniC, SBA Official
Published: September 8, 2014 Updated: September 8, 2014

If you are a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program or have a small business located in an area of high unemployment or low-income, then the 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program could be for you!  

7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program – What is it?

The 7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program is authorized by the Small Business Act to provide assistance such as training, executive education and one-on-one consulting in a broad range of business disciplines such as marketing, strategic and operational planning, opportunity development and capture, contract management, compliance and financial analysis. The types of assistance available under it are driven by the needs of eligible clients.      

Who is eligible to receive 7(j) assistance?

To receive assistance from SBA’s 7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program, a firm must be one or more of the following:

  • A current participant in the 8(a) Business Development Program;
  • A small business that is owned and controlled by an  economically and socially disadvantaged individual;
  • A small business located in an area of high unemployment or low-income; or
  • A small business that is owned by a low-income individual.

How do I know if I’m socially & economically disadvantaged?

Some minority groups presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged include: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Firms owned by Alaska Native Corporations, Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations and Community Development Corporations can also apply to the 8(a) Program. Others, who are not members of one or more of these groups, can be considered for the 8(a) Program, if they are able to provide substantial evidence and documentation that demonstrates that they have been subjected to biased treatment and are economically disadvantaged.

Firms that are considered to be economically disadvantaged are socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities compared to others in the same line of business that are not socially disadvantaged.

If I want to receive counseling or training under the 7(j) Management & Technical Assistance Program, how do I learn more?

To learn more about the 8(a) Program, contact your local SBA district office to attend an informational session on the program and an online 8(a) application is available here

Small businesses interested in learning more about the 7(j) program visit this page with additional information.

If I want to be a counseling or training service provider under the 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program, how do I learn more?

The Agency provides 7(j) assistance through third-party for-profit and non-profit service providers. Depending on the types of service to be provided, the Agency enters into grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts with qualified service providers. Most of these requirements are awarded competitively.

If you are interested in being a service provider to 7(j) eligible firms, to find posted opportunities, please consult FedBizOpps and Grants.gov.

About the Author:

Tiffani Clements

SBA Official

I'm a Public Affairs Specialist in the Office of Communication & Public Liasion and the media liaison for SBA's Office of Government Contracting.