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8(a) Certification Process

By: Jeff Cazeau An Overview of the 8(a) Certification Process. Applying for 8(a) certification can at times seem daunting. However, if you take your time to go through the process step by step, you can successfully obtain certification. The following is an overview of the steps you must take to obtain certification: Determine your business’ North Read more about 8(a) Certification Process[…]

8a Business Plan – Form 1010C

By: Jeff Cazeau The Purpose of the 8a business plan The Small Business Administration (SBA) requires an 8a business plan for all 8a certified business. The purpose of the 8a business plan is to help the SBA determine if your company is capable of fulfilling government contracts provided to your company. The SBA 8a business plan also helps Read more about 8a Business Plan – Form 1010C[…]

10 Mistakes 8(a) applicants Make & How to Avoid Them.

By: Jeff Cazeau Applying for 8a certification is not easy. If you follow only the rules found on the SBA’s website you are almost guaranteed to be denied. The following are some of the most common fatal mistakes we see on the SBA 8a applications we review: Mistake #1 Sign and notarize every document where indicated. Read more about 10 Mistakes 8(a) applicants Make & How to Avoid Them.[…]

Why We Do Not Encourage 8(a) Applications Based on Gender Alone

By: Jeff Cazeau In late 2011, the Small Business Administration rolled out the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Programs. It had taken over a decade to realize an idea that had been first authorized by Congress in 2000. At the time, we, along with many of our clients, Read more about Why We Do Not Encourage 8(a) Applications Based on Gender Alone[…]

U.S. Senate Addresses Major Obstacles faced by Women Business Owners

By: Jeff Cazeau In July, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship released a report entitled, 21st Century Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship highlighting three key areas that need improvement for women business owners: access to the federal market, access to capital, and access to business counseling and training. According Read more about U.S. Senate Addresses Major Obstacles faced by Women Business Owners[…]

What is a Concession under the ACDBE regulations?

By: Jeff Cazeau The Regulations that govern the ACDBE program define “Concession” to mean one or more of the following types of for-profit businesses: (1) A business, located in an airport, that is engaged in the sale of consumer goods or services to the public under an agreement with the airport, another concessionaire, or the owner or Read more about What is a Concession under the ACDBE regulations?[…]

DBE Certification New York

By: Jeff Cazeau The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) regulation requires that each state have a “one-stop shopping” certification process. This means firms apply to only one agency for DBE certification, and that agency’s decision is honored by all other DBE certifying agencies (see below) and all entities within the state that receive funds from the United Read more about DBE Certification New York[…]

An In-Depth Look At The DBE Application Review Process.

By: Jeff Cazeau The DBE application review process Clients are often surprised when the DBE application they prepared themselves comes back denied. Often, denials can be prevented by understanding the DBE application process and what information is being reviewed and how that information will be used. Understand that there may be actions that you take as Read more about An In-Depth Look At The DBE Application Review Process.[…]