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CONTRACTING SBA Certification Programs Your business could earn profit and gain valuable work experience by providing goods or services to the government.

Socially disadvantaged: those subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias without regard to their individual qualities because of their identity as members of certain groups. The following groups often fit this status: Black Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and Subcontinent Asian Americans. A person who is not a member of one of these groups must establish that it is more likely than not that he or she has suffered social disadvantage. Economically disadvantaged: those whose ability to compete in the marketplace has been impaired because they have not had as much capital and credit opportunities compared to others in the same or similar line of business. The benefits of the 8(a) program: » You are assigned an SBA professional to help coordinate business development assistance. » You could be awarded an 8(a) sole-source contract up to $4 million for goods and services, $7 million for manufacturing, exceptions apply. 8(a) small business that can provide the needed services. This is an accelerated process saving time for both you and the government agency or office. All Small Mentor-Protege Program Looking for an opportunity to partner with amore experienced firm for mentorship? That effort can be rewarded in the All Small Mentor-Protege Program, sba.gov/ allsmallmpp . At the same time you’re gaining invaluable direction and experience, you and your mentor can compete for government contracts, further growing your business. To qualify for this program: » Proteges must have amentor prior to applying for the program. Visit your local SBA office for guidance. Ask about the SBA’s Resource Partners and the Procurement Technical Assistance Program for help in connecting you with amentor business.

HOW THE SBA HELPED

ME SUCCEED September Myres knew that becoming a

government contractor would empower herself and other native peoples, while also growing her small business to the next level. She sought business development assistance fromthe SBA, qualifying for the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, which helps small disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace. This programhelped September strategically growher company to become a competitive force in the environmental services industry. Sundance Consulting of Pocatello, IDhaswon contracts fromthe Army Corps of Engineers and theU.S. Forest Service. She has continually secured Department of Defense contracts to improve Native American lands adversely affected by past department activities. September often assists Native American tribes and AlaskaNative villages with developing projects and community plans. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and native Hawaiians seeking entreprenurial development training can start, grow, and expand their business with the help of the SBA, sba.gov/ naa . The Office of Native American Affairs also consults with tribal governments prior to finalizing SBA policies affecting tribes.

Contracting certification programs are designed to help you better compete for and win federal contracts set aside for small businesses. Visit sba.gov/ contracting to learn more about set- asides and whether one or more of these government certification programs is right for your business. To see if you are eligible and then certify as a woman-owned, HUBZone, 8(a), or All Small business, visit certify.sba.gov . 8(a) Business Development Program If you’re an entrepreneur who is socially or economically disadvantaged, you may be eligible to receive business training and government contracting assistance through the 8(a) Business Development Program, sba.gov/8a . It includes free business development

education, training workshops, and match-making opportunities with federal buyers. Firms owned by Alaska Native Corporations, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Community Development Corporations are also eligible for 8(a) business development assistance. To be eligible for the 8(a) program, your small business must: » be owned and controlled by U.S. citizens who are socially and/or economically disadvantaged » demonstrate at least a two-year track record and have potential for continued success » have a net worth and adjusted gross income of less than $250,000 and assets under $4 million

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