Avoid the Most Dangerous and Costly Mistakes in the SBA 8a Certification and Minority Business Application Process
Getting your SBA 8a certification status is a very powerful decision for your company. If
you are a small disadvantaged enterprise or minority owned business, you will quickly realize that submitting your SBA 8a certification application is a grueling and stressful process because you not only have to prepare detailed forms, but you also arguably have to understand how the SBA thinks when it reviews your application documents.
Our law firm helps minority owned businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged business enterprises to seek protected status under SBA certification programs.
Watson & Associates’ SBA 8a certification application consultants and lawyers are comprised of experts with over three decades in the federal procurement marketplace.
Some of our 8a consultants and attorneys have actually managed small business programs and have intimate understanding of 8a certified contracting and the requirements to get your 8a status. Our law firm has also successfully reversed SBA 8a status decisions on appeal.
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- Professional legal analysis
Minority Owned Business & SBA 8a Certification Status Services
As opposed to other consulting services that mislead you or guarantee you approval for 8a status, our approach is more realistic and focused.
Not only do we use our three decades of hands-on government contracting experience, our SBA 8a certification consultants also utilize proven data and know what works and what does not work for SBA 8a certification status. We help you with:
Pre-Certification and Application Process
- Net worth: Showing you how to assess your net worth requirements
- Narratives: Assessing and providing guidance in developing compelling social and economic narratives
- Corporate: Providing legal advice and counseling on existing business relationships and corporate documents
- Checklist: Providing you with a checklist that helps you to comply with 8(a) requirements
- Reconsideration: Consulting on and preparing Requests for Reconsideration
- Appealing SBA 8a certification status denials to the Office of Hearings and Appeals
- Appealing adverse SBA 8a status decisions
Post 8a Certification Status Consulting
After you are approved as being 8a certified, your company has a significant amount of
compliance and obligation requirements. You also have to address adverse actions as they arise. Watson's SBA 8a certification application consultants and small business development lawyers can:
- Help with business development to secure 8(a) set aside contracts (there are several companies in the program that still have yet to acquire contracts)
- Assist with joint venture and teaming agreement concerns
- Represent you before the agency or SBA
- Appeal adverse decisions
- Help you with statutory and FAR compliance
- Maximize profits in government contracting
- Avoid unnecessary fraud pitfalls by developing the required internal policies
- Develop sound litigation strategies in bid protests and claims litigation
- Strengthen your road-map to success as a small business
- Learn how to increase your success rates with government proposals
- Train your key staff members in critical areas of federal procurement
Call for a Free Initial Consultation - Call 1-866-601-5518.
Develop Compelling Social and Economic Narratives in Your Application Package
To stand a chance of submitting a compelling 8a certification application package, minority owned business and small disadvantaged business enterprises must convince the U.S. Small Business Administration that they are socially and economically disadvantaged. This is where most 8a status applications fail.
- We help you to focus on the relevant discussion topics for your 8a narratives
- You will increase your chances of meeting the legal standards for the SBA
Properly Structure Your 8a Business Relationships
As part of your SBA 8a certification status application, you must disclose corporate documents and discuss current business relationships. This is yet another reason that your 8a status can be denied.
- Our consultants and lawyers help you to analyze and restructure your situation to meet the 8a requirements.
- We help you to adjust your business documents to allow the right amount of ownership and control of the business. You must also assess the revenues made from other business clients.
- Our consultants help you to minimize disapproval for these commonly missed items.
Get Help with 8a Application and Termination Appeals
We help you to:
- Assess and analyze business relationships for affiliation
- Properly address family businesses and family relationships
- Appeal adverse application 8a status decisions from the SBA
Has The SBA Denied Your 8a Status?
If the SBA has denied your 8(a) application, you can appeal to the Office of Hearing and Appeals (SBAOHA).
Watson’s government contracts law attorneys and SBA 8a application lawyers have successfully challenged the SBA in previous appeals.
- Appeal denials to SBAOHA
- Submit proper Requests or Reconsideration
- Provide guidance on business relationships and documents
8a Certification Termination Assistance
If you are already 8a certified, you might receive a notice from the SBA suggesting termination from the 8(a) Program. You must adequately and promptly respond, and build a record for appeal. Having a government contracts lawyer that understands the 8(a) certification process can help you to preserve your rights for appeal.
- You cannot introduce new evidence at the appeal stage
- Beware of non-lawyers that suggest they can help you on appeal
Watson's SBA 8a certification consultants can assist small disadvantaged business enterprises in any state for purposes of SBA Certification. Federal law allows our 8a certified consultants and attorneys to represent clients regardless of their resident state. Watson & Associates can represent small business applicants in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Our U.S. firm also helps DOD contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq construction efforts.
Cities in which we can help disadvantaged business enterprises to seek SBA 8a status include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; and Colorado Springs. Federal government contracts lawyers and litigation attorneys are in Washington DC, MD, VA, and CO.
Call Our Washington, DC and Colorado 8a Consultants and Lawyers
For a free initial consultation and to see whether you qualify, call our SBA 8a certification consultants and lawyers toll free at 1-866-601-5518.