7(j) Technical Assistance


The purpose of the program is to provide Business Development Assistance for Small Disadvantaged Businesses. SBA performs this mission by entering into grants, cooperative agreements and contracts with qualified service providers who have the capability to provide business development assistance to eligible businesses and individuals under Sections 7(i), 7(j) and 8(a) of the Small Business Act.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Small Business Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Not available FY 2016: 5,709. Increased the utilization of 7j training in FY 16 bhy 389 additional individuals trainings over 5709 in comparison with 5,320 in FY 2015.
Fiscal Year 2018 N/A
Fiscal Year 2017 4,820 - year to date.
Small Business Act, Section 7(j) (15 U.S.C. 636(j)), Public Law 85-536
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Educational institutions, public or private organizations and businesses, individuals, State and local governments, Indian tribes and lending and financial institutions and sureties that have the capability to provide the required business development assistance.
Beneficiary Eligibility
8(a) program certified firms, small disadvantaged businesses, businesses operating in areas of low-income or high-unemployment, and firms owned by low-income individuals like Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Businesses.
As specified in the individual "Request for Application Proposals." Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application proposal forwarded to District Office Director for appropriate geographic area. See Appendix IV of the Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog.
Award Procedure
Decisions on acceptance are made by the Office of Procurement and Grants Management based upon recommendations of the Director for Management and Technical Assistance, Office of Business Development. The Contracting Officer or Grants Management Officer notifies successful applicants by Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies. https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-initiatives/7j-management-and-technical-assistance-services-program
See additional information at www.sba.gov.
Contact the Federal agency. See additional information at www.sba.gov.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance under this Section may be given for projects that respond to requirements as outlined in each respective program solicitation announcement, or for an unsolicited proposal that could provide valuable business development assistance for 8(a) and other socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses and individuals. Types of business development assistance may include: Accounting and marketing services, proposal/bid preparation workshops, feasibility studies, marketing/presentation analyses and advertising expertise, loan packaging, cyber security training, industry specific technical assistance and other specialized management training and technical services. The program funds can also be used to establish and strengthen business service agencies, including trade associations and cooperatives. The 7(j) program funds are not available to finance or purchase a business nor are they available to use as expansion capital for an existing business.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: See additional information at www.sba.gov.
Pre-award accounting system survey. Final audit by a certified or licensed public accountant.
Appropriate records as needed for above requirements.
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
Awards are made for a maximum of 1 year with options as stated in the individual announcements. Disbursements are made within a few days of receipt of all required documents along with the request for disbursement. Disbursements are made in partial payments based on work successfully performed. See additional information at www.sba.gov.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
SBA District Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration. See District Offices and contact info at https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices
Headquarters Office
Stanley Jones Jr.; Director, Office of Management and Technical Assistance; Office of Business Development
409 3rd. Street, S.W., 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20416 US
Phone: 202-205-6805
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$332,234.00; FY 19 est $998,826.00; FY 20 est $500,000.00; FY 17$1,796,000.00; FY 16$1,407,000.00; - See additional information at www.sba.gov.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No data available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Fact sheet upon request.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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