U.S. Small Business Administration – 8(a) Business Development Program

The Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) program enables agencies to engage in direct award contracts with certified contractors. Innovative Consulting & Management Service’s SBA 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) certifications are valid through May 2022.

Point of Contact:

Hamlet Lopez

(301) 444-4104

Sales@icmssolutions.com

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Contract Type:

8(a) Direct Award

Contract Meeting

Background

The Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) business development program enables agencies to engage in direct award contracts with certified contractors.

Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act as amended by Congress, created the 8(a) business development program. Federal Agencies can award contracts directly with certified 8(a) firms. Participants can receive sole source/direct award contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods services and $6.5 million for manufacturing.

Benefits

The 8(a) direct award component provides agencies a simplified acquisition process:

Reduced decision cycle – time required to award an 8(a) direct award contract is usually within days

Lowered administrative costs, procurement process

Prices reflect the best value –  agency negotiates with the firm directly to get the best value

Credit for promoting small business participation within agency

Can initiate a contract with a simple high level statement of work