In order to gain access to government and corporate contracts, you must obtain the proper certification. A small business certification is much like a personal certification. It provides you with a special status that will help your business compete for government contracts.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers the 8(a) Business Development Program, commonly referred to as the 8a certification, to assist small businesses that are owned by individuals who are considered socially and economically disadvantaged, by providing them access to government contracting opportunities.
The SBA 8a application process is time-consuming, but potentially priceless. You can utilize the services of an expert team of consultants from BizCentral to lead you through the process of applying for SBA 8a certification.
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We know everything you need to apply and qualify for SBA 8a certification. With our help, you can draft financial statements to express and prove your need, as well as gather the documentation and paperwork that should accompany your application. We want to make the business certification process go as smoothly as possible, which is why we can also let you know whether SBA 8a certification is the correct choice for you.
Following the approval of your SBA 8a application, you can engage our services to point you in the direction of the businesses and government agencies that match with what your business offers. Your status as an economically or socially disadvantaged business may give you access to helpful grants and other programs.
How Does The SBA 8a Application Process Work?
The SBA 8a application can be tricky. Here’s how we will guide you through the process of obtaining your SBA 8a certification.
- First, we will help you determine whether your business meets the five basic criteria: small business, first-time participant, disadvantaged, the potential for success, and good character.
- Next, we will help you register your business with the System for Award Management (SAM).
- Then, we will help you gather the necessary documentation to proceed with your application. Required documents may include tax returns, bank statements, business history, citizenship documentation, and more.
The SBA 8a application and certification process typically takes approximately three to four months. To ensure the process does not take longer than necessary, work with one of our knowledgeable consultants here at BizCentral to help you properly prepare and apply for the SBA 8a Certification.