8(a) Business Development Program: Readiness Training

Date and time





Ana Singh

Host organization

SBA Seattle District Office

Type of event

SBA event

Event description

The federal government aims to award 13 percent of all federal contracting dollars (15% by 2025) to small disadvantaged businesses. By getting certified as an 8(a) small business, you may compete and receive set-aside and sole-source federal contracts, receive one-on-one business development assistance, connect with procurement and compliance experts who understand regulations, and much more.

Series 1 – What is the 8(a) Business Development Program and am I an Eligible Applicant?

This webinar is for anyone interested in learning about the 8(a) BD programThe Series 1 program agenda will include: 

  • Program overview and eligibility | Ana Singh, Business Opportunity Specialist, SBA Seattle District.
  • Insight and experience with the 8(a) BD Program | Fernando Cervantes, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist, SBA Seattle District and former contracting officer. 
  • Success with the 8(a) BD Program | Dennis Farrow, Advanced Technology Construction, 8(a) BD Program graduate.
  • Technical Assistance and additional support | Tiffany Scroggs, Program Director, Washington APEX Accelerators (formerly Washington PTAC) - learn how Apex Accelerators can help with market research, finding potential customers, application and bidding process, trainings and events.

Series 1 will be open to all. Series 2 and Series 3 are targeted trainings based on your business’s level of 8(a) readiness. Invitation to Series 2 and Series 3 will be sent to Series 1 attendees based on the assessment of their registration questionnaire.

Series 2: June 20, 10am - 12pm | How to Become an Eligible 8(a) Applicant 

Series 3: June 27, 9am - 11am | Next Steps for Eligible 8(a) Applicants