8(a) Business Development Program

One of the primary benefits offered by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) mentor-protégé programs is the ability to operate outside the normal rules governing affiliation.  Generally speaking, SBA allows mentors to provide assistance (including technical, management, and financial assistance) to their protégé firms without fear of creating affiliation.  That is, so long as the

For small business government contractors, the question of affiliation should always be at the top of the list of priorities.  A finding of affiliation between your business and another business (and, in particular, a large business) could be enough to lose your small business size status – and the ability to compete for those coveted

The SBA’s new “small business mentor-protégé program” is causing quite a stir.  As we covered yesterday, the new final rule opens the door for all small businesses (not just those in the 8(a) program) to receive assistance from large business mentors – and more importantly – to form mentor-protégé joint ventures to compete for

The future is now for government contractors.  A new Small Business Administration (SBA) regulation finalizes the long-anticipated expansion of the small business mentor-protégé program.  This major policy shift vastly expands access to set-aside contracts previously reserved for performance only by small businesses.  Government contractors – both small and large – need to create a

For small businesses, understanding the Small Business Administration’s rules concerning affiliation is vital for establishing and maintaining a certain size threshold.  Relationships that are deemed too close by the SBA can lead to a finding of affiliation and, ultimately, the loss of the ability to chase set-aside work.

The rules of affiliation are notoriously ambiguous. 

The Small Business Administration recently denied an appeal by a disqualified joint venture on a small business set-aside contract.  The SBA found that — even though the JV was able to show evidence of an SBA-approved mentor-protégé agreement — the agreement was expired at the time the JV bid for the contract.  The lack of

Late is late. All government contractors know the rule.  Submissions must be received by the Agency at the time indicated, or else risk being excluded.  Still, as we start the New Year, it bears repeating because of the new and exotic ways we still see the rule popping up and harming contractors.

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Today – we

Ready or not . . . here it comes.  Is your small business ready for the challenge of the SBA’s proposed expansion of the Mentor-Protege Program?

The Mentor-Protégé Program – currently reserved only for 8(a) Program members – is on the verge of some very big changes.  Changes that will alter the way

Today we review more evidence reminding small business owners to get their house in order when it comes to questions of “ownership and control” in the eyes of the Small Business Administration.  Failing to plan can mean lost contracts and – even worse – losing your small business status and the opportunity for lucrative set-aside

Is your small business doing all that it can to position itself in the Federal marketplace?  The Small Business Administration recently confirmed that there are literally billions of dollars on the line!

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The SBA announced that – for the second year in a row – the Federal government reached its small business contracting goal.  This