By successfully fulfilling the requirements to receive an SBA 8(a) certification, AMS Networks has achieved the SBA 8(a) certification. This certification enables an opportunity for small business owners to team up or be in contract with the government to accomplish. But there is more to this certification besides having the opportunity to contact the government.
This article aims to describe what SBA 8(a) certification is and what it brings to AMS Networks.
What is SBA 8(a) certified Business?
The Small Business Act’s section 8(a) (15 U.S.C. 636(j)(10) and 637(a)) enables the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish a business development program known as the 8(a) Business Development program. The 8(a) program is a robust nine-year initiative designed to assist businesses owned and operated by socially and economically disadvantaged people.
Businesses who engage in the program receive training and technical assistance to help them compete more effectively in the American economy. Small enterprises controlled by Alaska Native corporations, Community Development Corporations, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations are also eligible to participate in the 8(a) program. Small business growth is accomplished by the provision of various management, technical, financial, and procurement aids.
Purpose of SBA 8(a)
SBA collaborates with federal agencies to encourage maximum usage of 8(a)program participants, in order to provide equal access to federal contracting opportunities. Once recognized, 8(a) program participants are eligible for government contracting benefits as well as training and technical assistance to help them compete effectively in the American market.
This accreditation is for businesses that are at least 51 percent owned and operated by people who are socially and economically disadvantaged. African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Native Americans, and Subcontinent Asian Americans are all considered socially and economically disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration.
Individuals who do not belong to any of the aforementioned groups may be admitted to the program if they can demonstrate that they are disadvantaged due to race, ethnic origin, gender, physical handicap, long-term residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society, or any other similar reason.
For experienced socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners who have been in business for at least two years and want to grow their footprint in the federal marketplace, the 8(a) program can be a beneficial tool. The 8(a) program provides essential and distinctive company help. The 8(a) certification does not guarantee contract awards, but it is a powerful instrument for pursuing and capturing new government opportunities
What Benefits does AMS Networks Receive from SBA 8(a) Certification?
With the achievement of SBA 8(a), we can work with the federal government as a small enterprise. Set-aside and sole-source contracts can help contracting officials achieve their small company contracting goals.
- Compete effectively for set-aside and sole-source contracts.
- For the duration of our nine-year tenure, dedicated Business Opportunity Specialists will provide us one-on-one business development assistance to help businesses grow and achieve their goals.
- Through the SBA Mentor-Protégé program, we can seek guidance from experienced and technically capable firms.
- Connect with procurement and compliance specialists who are familiar with regulations affecting business growth, financing, and government contracts.
- To enhance capacity, pursue cooperative ventures with established enterprises.
- AMS Networks qualifies for priority delivery of federal surplus property.
With the certification of SBA 8(a), AMS Networks hopes to provide better service to our clients. We would love to engage with your organization/agency if you have contracts set-aside for 8(a) program. Contact us today and we can have one of our sales engineer reach out to you.