8a Certification Consultants &

SBA SDB Application Lawyers


8a Certification Consultants & SBA SDB Application Lawyers

Avoid the Most Deadly Legal Mistakes Made By 8a Applicants. 

The SBA 8a certification application process and getting your small disadvantaged business (SDB) and 8a status has subtle landmines that applicants  should be aware of. Not only can you become subject to criminal penalties for submitting false information, but companies getting 8a certified must give the SBA a good first impression.  The SBA scrutinizes each application for red flags and inconsistent information. 

With law offices in Washington, DC and Colorado, the government contract consultants  and lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC provide high-level and detailed services that focus on helping clients to improve their chances of getting their 8a status and to become a small disadvantaged business.   We help to  clients to meet SBA 8a eligibility requirements and to avoid the underlying SDB certification legal landmines that so many applicants face.

8a Certification Application & SDB Certification Services

Get help before and after getting your 8a status


  •  Business relationships and corporate documents;
  • 8a Certification Program Checklists


  • Compliance with annual requirements
  • SBA 8a termination appeals
  • 8a Application Review Services


  • Appeal of small business determinations to SBA OHA
  • 2 year waivers 
  • Ostensible Subcontractor Rule
  • 8a Joint Ventures
  • Statutory guidance and FAR compliance

To find out more no how to get your 8a status , call 1-866-601-5518 for a free initial consultation.

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  • FREE Initial Consultations

Get consulting services after getting 8a certified

After your 8a application is approved and you now have your 8a status, our consultants help with: 8a set aside government contracts;Joint venture and teaming agreement concerns, small business 8a size protests and appeals. Once you are 8a certified, you still have to get government contracts. Our consulting team can help in this area.

How to Minimize SBA 8a application Denials and Appeal Rulings With Your 8a Certification Application?  Getting a clear understanding of what the SBA looks for in your application, knowing the legal standard of its review, and preparing an application that has less questions and inconsistencies is the starting point to getting approved.

The SBA has great discretion to make subjective decisions.  Any conclusions it makes only have to be reasonable. Watson’s SBA certification experts help you to stay in compliance with the small disadvantaged business requirements and to take proactive measures to develop internal policies and controls. 

  • Make sure that any assertions you make is backed up with supporting evidence.
  • The SBA can impose substantial penalties for providing false statements in applications (intended or not)
  • The SBA does make legal mistakes when denying you the ability to become 8a certified.

Improve Your Social and Economic Narratives:  You have to know what topics to write about and what level of detail you should describe your experiences.  Writing to become economically disadvantaged also means getting to the result of the alleged bad experience.  To get 8a certified this is one area that you should be almost perfect in when submitting your 8a certification application. 

  • Most 8a applicants fail in this area.
  • Learn how to provide support for allegations in your narratives.
  • Articulating the appropriate past experience is essential to getting your small disadvantaged business status.

Avoid Costly Mistakes When Assessing  Business Documents and Customer Relationships: The SBA scrutinizes your application for irregularities, inconsistencies and reliance on your business customers. At Watson our consultants help you to look deeper into legal issues such as improper business relationships and control of your business. This is fertile ground for getting your 8a certification package denied.

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What Makes Our 8a Application Services Different?

When compared to a company that merely fills out your 8a application, our government contracting solutions and small business lawyers have deep substantive knowledge about the laws and regulations governing SDB certification.

  • Members of our team were small business program executives for the federal government
  • Not only do we prepare small business applicants, we also understand all of the issues that arise after getting certified.
  • We frequently litigate and appeal unlawful denials by the SBA.

This puts us in a unique position to help clients to reduce serious mistakes. See some of our favorable results

Without understanding the various legal rules, 8a certification applicants often find themselves at the mercy of the SBA. Our 8a certification consultants can help you to minimize these costly mistakes.

Information For 8a Applicants


How to address 8a Certification Based on Ethnicity Bias and Immigration.

More about SBA 8a Certification Supporting Documents.

Learn  about 8a status benefits and advantages

Tips for Meeting Social Disadvantaged Narrative Requirements for SBA 8a Certification

Call Watson’s SBA 8a Certification Consultants and Lawyers

For help getting your 8a status, call our SBA 8a certification consultants and SDB attorneys at 1-866-601-5518 today. FREE Initial Consultation.