8(a) Business Development Program


To foster business ownership by individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged; and to promote the competitive viability of such firms by providing business development and mentoring assistance including, but not limited to, management and technical assistance, access to capital and other forms of financial assistance, business training and counseling, and access to sole source and limited competition Federal contract opportunities, to help the firms to achieve competitive viability.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
J - Provision of Specialized Services
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 FY 2017: 430 applications approved year to date.
Fiscal Year 2016 613 applicants approved into the 8 (a) BD program year to date. 911 applicants approved into the 8(a) BD Program.
Fiscal Year 2018 N/A
Small Business Act, Section 8(a) (15 U.S.C. 637(a)), Public Law 100-656
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Firms applying for 8(a) program participation must meet certain requirements which include, but are not limited to: (a) Status as a small business; (b) at least 51 percent unconditional ownership, control and management of the business by an American citizen(s) determined by SBA to be socially and economically disadvantaged, or by an economically disadvantaged Indian Tribe, Alaska Native Corporation, or Native Hawaiian Organization; and (c) demonstrated potential for success; and (d) possess good character. Absent evidence to the contrary, the following individuals are presumed to be socially disadvantaged: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Individuals who are not members of the named groups may establish their social disadvantage on the basis of a preponderance of evidence of personal disadvantage stemming from color, national origin, gender, physical handicap, long- term residence in an environment isolated from the American society, or other similar cause beyond the individual's control. Economic disadvantage must be demonstrated on a case-by-case basis.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and small businesses owned and operated by such individuals; economically disadvantaged Indian tribes including Alaskan Native Corporations and economically disadvantaged Native Hawaiian organizations.
Documentation to establish that all program eligibility criteria are met.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Information is available at SBA District offices and on SBA's home page at http://www.sba.gov and https://eweb.sba.gov/gls/dsp_addcustomer.cfm
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Electronic applications are made to SBA offices through SBA's webpage at www.sba.gov. Detailed instructions, and if necessary, assistance in completing application is available at SBA District offices and on SBA's home page at http://www.sba.gov and https://eweb.sba.gov/gls/dsp_addcustomer.cfm
Award Procedure
Applicant is notified of program participation approval or decline by a letter from the SBA headquarters office. Broad range of business development assistance, including procurement, and access to capital and other forms of financial assistance and business training and counseling is provided to approved program participants.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 80 days.
Within 45 days of the date of decline letter, applicant has right to request that the decision be reconsidered. For applications declined solely on the basis of negative finding with regard to social disadvantage, economic disadvantage, ownership or control of business by socially or economically disadvantaged individuals, the applicant within 45 days of the date of the decline letter or reaffirmation of decline, has a right to appeal the decision to the SBA's Office of Hearing and Appeals. In addition, applicant firms may reapply 12 months after SBA decline.
Additional information available on SBA's website at sba.gov.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
This program utilizes authority provided to SBA under Section 7(j) and 8(a) of the Small Business Act to enter into procurement contracts with other Federal agencies and to subcontract the performance of these contracts to eligible program participants, to provide access to capital and other forms of financial assistance, and to provide business training and counseling.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Additional information available on SBA's website at www.sba.gov.
Program participation audits as needed to evaluate progress. Contract audits as and when required by Federal Acquisition Regulations.
Standard business/accounting records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Maximum of 9 years. Additional information available on SBA's website at www.sba.gov.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Initial contact should be made with the field offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration.
Headquarters Office
Dr. Donna Peebles, D.M., Associate Administrator - Office of Business Development
409 3rd. Street, S.W., 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20416 US
Phone: 202-401-1580
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Provision of Specialized Services) FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Additional information available on SBA's website at www.sba.gov.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
SBA Rules and Regulations, 13 CFR Section 124, SOP 80-05-02.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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