8(a) Business Development Program Compliance Guide
This Guide is prepared in accordance with the requirements of Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It is intended to help small entities—small businesses, small organizations (non-profits), and small governmental jurisdictions—comply with the new rules adopted in the above referenced rulemaking. This Guide is not intended to replace the rules and, therefore, final authority rests solely with the rules. SBA retains the discretion to adopt approaches on a case-by-case basis that may differ from this Guide, where appropriate. Any decisions regarding a particular small entity will be based on the statute and regulations.
In any civil or administrative action against a small entity for a violation of rules, the content of the Small Entity Compliance Guide may be considered as evidence of the reasonableness or appropriateness of proposed fines, penalties or damages.
Interested parties are free to file comments regarding this Guide and the appropriateness of its application to a particular situation; the SBA will consider whether the recommendations or interpretations in the Guide are appropriate in that situation. The SBA may decide to revise this Guide without public notice to reflect changes in the SBA‘s approach to implementing a rule, or to clarify or update the text of the Guide. Direct your comments and recommendations, or calls for further assistance, to the Office of Business Development, LaTanya Wright; telephone: (202) 205-5852; fax: (202) 481-2076; LaTanya.Wright@SBA.gov.
United States Small Business Administration
Office of Business Development
409 3rd Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416
Darryl Hairston, Associate Administrator for Business Development
LeAnn Delaney, Deputy Associate Administrator for Business Development
Robert Watkins, Director, Office of Certification and Eligibility
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