8a Certification Consultants & SBA SDB Application Lawyers


We Understand the Most Deadly Mistakes Made By 8a Applicants. 

The SBA 8a certification application process and getting your small disadvantaged business (SDB) status has subtle landmines that small businesses must 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 8a certification consultants and 8a application appeal lawyersred flags and inconsistent information.   Our firm frequently help small businesses to navigate through the various nuances of the 8a certification process.

With law offices in Washington, DC and Colorado, the SBA consultants  and lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC provide high-level and detailed services that small businesses need to improve their chances of getting their 8a status and to become a small disadvantaged business.  Getting experienced consulting services from legal experts that have deep experience with the SBA 8a eligibility requirements and the underlying legal landmines can save confusion and valuable time.

  • Submitting an 8a application takes more than what common document preparation services offer
  • We have the government contracting and legal experience to improve your chances of getting certified.
  • Flat Rates Available
  • FREE Initial Consultations

What Makes Our 8a Application Consultants Different?

When compared to a company that merely fills out your 8a application, our government small business experts and lawyers have deep substantive knowledge about the laws and regulations government 8a 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

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Application • Meeting SBA 8a Requirements

8a Certification Application Services

Pre-SBA 8a Application Consulting Services


  •  Business relationships and corporate documents;
  • 8a 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

Call us for a Free Initial Consultation at 1-866-601-5518.

Post 8a Status Consulting

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.

Learn  about 8(a) Certification Benefits and Advantages

SBA 8a application denials and appeal rulings against 8a applicants are increasing.  Given the increased oversight from the SBA and other government contracting agencies, there are more allegations of SBA 8a fraud.  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. 

  • 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.

Get professional help with social and economic narratives: Developing social and economic narratives is an essential part of getting your business 8a certified. To increase your chances of getting approved, there are specific topics that you must discuss in your narrative.

  • 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.

See 8a Certification Based on Ethnicity Bias and Immigration

Avoid costly mistakes when assessing  your SDB business documents and relationships. Another common pitfall with submitting your application is improper business relationships and control issues. The SBA looks at your ability to control your business and also your relationships with other business entities and customers.

Find out about SBA 8a Certification Supporting Documents

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


To speak to our SBA 8a certification consultants and lawyers, call 1-866-601-5518 for a free initial consultation.

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Nationwide Help

Watson’s SBA 8a application consultants can assist small disadvantaged business enterprises in any state for purposes of getting their 8a status. Federal law allows our 8a certification application consultants and attorneys to represent clients regardless of their resident status. 

Our SBA 8a consultants and attorneys reach across all states. Small Disadvantaged Business applicants and those that are 8a certified can enjoy one-stop-shopping convenience for both legal and non-legal matters. We help federal small businesses and large DOD contractors 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.

Cities in which our 8a consultants assist SDB small businesses include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL. 

Call 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.