8(a) Eligibility Concerns Raised for Some Accepted Firms

August 10, 2017 Recent SBA OIG Report Reveals Continuing Concerns With 8(a) Approvals Source: SmallGovCon, Matthew Schoonover, July 19, 2017 To be eligible to participate in the 8(a) Business Development Program, an applicant firm must be a small business that … Continued

8(a) Joint Venture Regulations Revised

October 31, 2016 SBA Revises 8(a) JV Regulation–But Confusion Remains Source: SmallGovCon, Steven Koprince, October 19, 2016 Stating that populated joint ventures have now been eliminated, the SBA has revised its 8(a) joint venture regulations to reflect that change. In … Continued

Challenges to the 8(a) Program Will Continue

September 30, 2016 D.C. Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program Source: The National Law Review, Jennifer L. Plitsch and Terra White Fulham, September 28, 2016 Earlier this month, in Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense, the … Continued

Strict Requirements for 8(a) Businesses and Joint Ventures

September 21, 2016 Unapproved Addendum Sinks 8(a) Joint Venture’s Bid Source: SmallGovCon, Matthew Schoonover, August 25, 2016 An 8(a) joint venture failed to obtain SBA’s approval of an addendum to its joint venture agreement—and the lack of SBA approval cost … Continued

Mentor-Protégé Changes Coming with the SBA Final Rule

June 9, 2016 SBA Mentor-Protégé Changes: A Boost for Small Businesses Source: Business.com, Business.com Editorial Staff, June 7, 2016 Recent rule changes issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA) provide significant improvements for government contractors in 2016. In particular, a … Continued

SBA Plans to Increase Number of 8(a) Participants

May 31, 2016 8(a) Program Participation Down 34% Since 2010 Source: SmallGovCon, Steven Koprince, April 11, 2016 Participation in the SBA’s 8(a) Program has declined from about 7,000 firms in 2010 to only around 4,500 today–a sharp drop of approximately … Continued

The SBA’s Mentor-Protege Program Examined

March 14, 2016 Lapsed SBA Mentor-Protege Agreement Makes Joint venture Firms Affiliated and No Longer “Small” Source: FAR Consulting & Training, Richard D. Lieberman, March 8, 2016 In North Star Magnus Pacific Joint Venture, SBA No. SIZ-5715, Feb. 17, 2016, … Continued