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January Webinars- Not Just Contracts: How to Navigate the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program

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January Webinars- Not Just Contracts: How to Navigate the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program

Published: January 3, 2014 Updated: January 3, 2014

Are you an owner of a small disadvantaged business seeking to be certified in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program and to become competitively viable in the federal marketplace?  

Each year, companies graduate from the 8(a) program with the potential and capabilities to grow into successful businesses as a result of the business development tools received while in the program.  Worldwide Technology, Inc. is one of many examples of successful graduates of the 8(a) Program and was #1 on Black Enterprise Magazine's list of the “Largest Black-Owned Firms” in 2013.   

The 8(a) Program – What is it?

The SBA certifies small businesses considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged under its nine-year 8(a) Business Development Program.  Individuals who are members of certain minority groups are considered to be socially disadvantaged.  These groups 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 are also eligible to participate in the program.

The 8(a) Program helps these firms develop and grow through one-to-one counseling, training workshops and management and technical guidance.  It also provides access to government contracting opportunities, allowing them to become solid competitors in the federal marketplace.  In fiscal year 2012, small businesses received more than $15.8 billion in 8(a) contract dollars.

The SBA will conduct two one-hour webinars to help small businesses learn:

  • the eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification;

  • about the technical assistance available through the 8(a) Program;

  • about common myths and misconceptions about the 8(a) Program; and

  • the top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned. 

8(a) Webinar Part I | Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program | January 15th | 2:00-3:00 pm EST

8(a) Webinar Part II |Top Reasons Why SBA Returns & Declines an 8(a) Application | January 22nd | 2:00-3:00 pm EST

  • The January 22nd webinar will walk small disadvantaged businesses through the fundamental “must have” requirements and the top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned. 

To get the most out of both webinars, we encourage small businesses to review the 8(a) Program website.  Both webinars will be archived on SBA's YouTube page.


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I am trying to find the second part of the webinar on YouTube and it doesn't seem to be there. Can you please point me in the right direction so that I may view this part of the webinar? Thanks!
Hi, I don't see women listed here in this blog as a minority category. (Did I miss it?). Is this program designed for race-based minorities only? Thanks!
Hi, Jenn. Thanks for asking! Yes, the 8(a) Program applies to those groups mentioned above in the article. If you are looking for other webinars for woman-owned businesses , check out the SBA event calendar  Hope this helps! Good luck!
Hey, Darryl. Looks like I'll be the first person to leave a comment besides the spammers! I wanted to connect with you. I tried to find you on Twitter, tried to look up your profile here for some contact information, etc and couldn't find anything. What would be the best way for me to get in contact with you? Email?
Hi there! I am a moderator for community, is there something I might be able to help you with?  Here's a link for SBA's contact information
Very informative event to participate, hope the following will provide fundamental ideas & basic of proper business.

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