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SBA Hosts Webinar Series to Help Small Businesses Learn How to Apply for the 8(a) BD Program

SBA Hosts Webinar Series to Help Small Businesses Learn How to Apply for the 8(a) BD Program

Published: March 25, 2014 Updated: March 25, 2014

If you’re a small disadvantaged business seeking to be certified in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA)’s 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program, the SBA has good news for you!

The SBA will host a series of 8(a) webinars from April through August to help small disadvantaged businesses learn how to successfully apply for the 8(a) BD Program. 

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) BD 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) BD Program helps these firms develop and grow through one-on-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.

8(a) Webinar: How to Prepare and Submit Your 8(a) Business Development Application – Tips for Success | April 9th and August 27th | 2:00-3:00 pm EST

  • This webinar will focus on how the 8(a) BD Program works, its eligibility requirements, and its benefits.  It will also provide helpful tips on completing an 8(a) application. 
  • Registration is free, but required.  Please refer to the following links:

           April 9, 2014 – http://emsp.intellor.com/login/414419

           August 27, 2014 - http://emsp.intellor.com/login/414423

8(a) Webinar: How to Prepare and Submit your 8(a) Application – Tips for Success (Entity–Owned Firms) | May 21st | 2:00-3:00 pm EST

  • This webinar will focus on how the 8(a) BD Program works, its eligibility requirements, and its benefits.  It will also provide helpful tips on completing an 8(a) application. This webinar is for firms that are Alaska Native Corporations (ANC), Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO), Community Development Corporations (CDC) and Tribally Owned. 
  • Registration is free, but required. Please refer to the following links:

            May 21, 2014 - http://emsp.intellor.com/login/414420

8(a) Webinar: Keeping Your 8(a) Business Development Certificate Compliant | June 18th | 2:00-3:00 pm EST

  • This webinar will focus on how 8(a) firms continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the 8(a) BD Program.
  • Registration is free, but required. Please refer to the following links:

           June 18, 2014 - http://emsp.intellor.com/login/414421

8(a) Webinar: Overview of the 8(a) Business Development Program | July 23rd | 2:00-3:00 pm EST

  • This webinar will focus on the overview of the 8(a) BD Program along with its benefits. It will also discuss if the 8(a) BD Program is right for you.
  • Registration is free, but required.  Please refer to the following link:

           July 23, 2014 - http://emsp.intellor.com/login/414422

The webinars are designed to help small disadvantaged businesses get and maintain their 8(a) certification and compete in the federal marketplace.

To learn more about the 8(a) BD Program, visit: http://www.sba.gov/content/about-8a-business-development-program.  

 

 

 

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