The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program was established to assist small, disadvantaged businesses. The nine-year program provides financial, technical, and mentoring assistance, among various other forms of support. The goal of the program is to help small businesses compete in the Federal marketplace. To be eligible for the 8(a) program, a business must be a majority owned and controlled by a U.S. citizen who is economically disadvantaged. So, what exactly does that mean? Let’s take a look at the definition of economically disadvantaged individuals and then look at how it is practically applied during the application process.
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SBA OHA: Compliance With Limits on Subcontracting Are Part of Responsibility Determination Not Size Determination
As a small business, we are painfully aware that running a small business is hard work. Between keeping track of customer/client complaints, monitoring and addressing employment/HR issues, maintaining internal productivity and keeping your team on track, it seems as though there just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done. Time is clearly important and therefore being efficient in use of time is also important. Meetings, unless properly structured, moderated and handled in a manner that encourages active attendee participation and engagement, can be an incredibly inefficient use of time. I think many of us are constantly struggling with how to make meetings more productive. For this first "Tips and Tools" blog post, we encourage you to check out MeetingSift (www.meetingsift.com) as a means of increasing meeting productivity.
Busy Employee's Failure to Respond to SBA Size Protest Results In Issuance of Adverse Size Determination