The Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program helps small disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace and access government contracts. Participation in the program is divided into two phases over nine years: a four-year developmental stage and a five-year transition stage. When companies graduate, business owners are equipped with skills and strategies that will help them continue to thrive outside of the program.
Lynn Sutton of Kairos Worldwide, a recent 8(a) program graduate, is celebrating her company’s growth while looking ahead to the next chapter. Before joining the program, Kairos Worldwide had one employee; now, it has 20.
“Seeing the difference we make in the lives of the people we work with – both clients and employees – is the best part,” Sutton said.
Kairos Worldwide was born in 2004. Sutton, who grew up on Chicago’s West Side and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in industrial... Read More