Five 8(a) Program Annual Review Tips

TIP 1: Keep an eye on your Adjusted Net Worth. To remain economically disadvantaged while you are a participant in the SBA 8(a) Program the 8(a) applicant(s) Adjusted Net Worth must be less than $750,000 when you submit your 8(a) Annual review.

The algorithm used to determine Adjusted Net Worth for 8(a) Certification purposes is:

Adjusted Net Worth = Personal Assets – Personal Liabilities – [Equity in primary residence + value of ownership interest in applicant business + value of any IRA/401(k) or other retirement account that are subject to a penalty for early withdrawal]

If the applicant is married and the asset or liability is jointly held, you split the value 50/50. If the applicant is married and lives in a community property state, you only split assets and liabilities 50/50 if you have a transmutation or pre/post nuptial agreement that states otherwise.

You can easily determine your Adjusted Net Worth by using our adjusted net worth calculator.

Each applicant, and their spouse, must submit a separate SBA Form 413, Personal Financial Statement. Along with the SBA Form 413 you must also submit statements for each asset or liability supporting the amounts reported. These statements cannot be any older than 30 days at the time of 8a Application submission.

*Important* You cannot transfer an asset out of the applicant’s name for less than fair market value. Doing so will result in the full amount of the asset being re attributed back to the applicant.

TIP 2: Watch out for Excessive Withdrawals. Withdrawals are excessive if in the aggregate during any fiscal year of the Participant they exceed (i) $250,000 for firms with sales up to $1,000,000; (ii) $300,000 for firms with sales between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000; and (iii) $400,000 for firms with sales exceeding $2,000,000.

The term withdrawal includes, but is not limited to, the following: Cash dividends; distributions in excess of amounts needed to pay S Corporation, LLC or partnership taxes; cash and property withdrawals; payments to immediate family members not employed by the Participant; bonuses to officers; and investments on behalf of an owner. Although officers’ salaries are generally not considered withdrawals for purposes of this paragraph, SBA will count those salaries as withdrawals where SBA believes that a firm is attempting to circumvent the excessive withdrawal limitations through the payment of officers’ salaries. SBA will look at the totality of the circumstances in determining whether to include any specific amount as a withdrawal under this paragraph.

TIP 3: Watch your percentage of 8(a) vs Non 8(a) revenue earned as you enter the transitional stage of the 8(a) Program.

To ensure that Participants do not develop an unreasonable reliance on 8(a) awards, and to ease their transition into the competitive marketplace after graduating from the 8(a) program, Participants must make maximum efforts to obtain business outside the 8(a) program. Work performed by an 8(a) Participant for any Federal department or agency other than through an 8(a) contract, including work performed on orders under the General Services Administration Multiple Award Schedule program, and work performed as a subcontractor, including work performed as a subcontractor to another 8(a) Participant on an 8(a) contract, qualifies as work performed outside the 8(a) program.

During both the developmental and transitional stages of the 8(a) program, a Participant must make substantial and sustained efforts, including following a reasonable marketing strategy, to attain the targeted dollar levels of non-8(a) revenue established in its business plan. It must attempt to use the 8(a) program as a resource to strengthen the firm for economic viability when program benefits are no longer available.

Required non-8(a) business activity targets during transitional stage—(1) General. During the transitional stage of the 8(a) program, a Participant must achieve certain targets of non-8(a) contract revenue (i.e., revenue from other than sole source or competitive 8(a) contracts). These targets are called non-8(a) business activity targets and are expressed as a percentage of total revenue. The targets call for an increase in non-8(a) revenue over time.

Non-8(a) business activity targets. During their transitional stage of program participation, Participants must meet the following non-8(a) business activity targets each year:

Participant’s year in the transitional stage Non-8(a) business activity targets (required minimum non-8(a) revenue as a percentage of total revenue)
1 15
2 25
3 35
4 45
5 55

TIP 4: Make sure your financial statements breakout 8(a) and Non 8(a) Revenue.

Your annual financial statements, specifically your Profit & Loss Statement, must show a breakout of your revenue earned by any 8(a) contract revenue and any non 8(a) revenue. This is a common issue we see when we perform 8(a) Annual Reviews for our clients.

TIP 5: Ensure that you provide the correct type of prepared financials depending on your gross annual receipts.

Participants with gross annual receipts of more than $10,000,000 must submit to SBA audited annual financial statements prepared by a licensed independent public accountant.

Participants with gross annual receipts between $2,000,000 and $10,000,000 must submit to SBA reviewed annual financial statements prepared by a licensed independent public accountant.

Participants with gross annual receipts of less than $2,000,000 must submit to SBA an annual statement prepared in-house or a compilation statement prepared by a licensed independent public accountant, verified as to accuracy by an authorized officer, partner, limited liability member, or sole proprietor of the Participant, including signature and date

Need assistance with your 8(a) Annual Review? With 15 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that your 8(a) Annual Review will be completed properly.

8(a) Annual Review Completion Service

This service is designed for the 8(a) Certified business who needs an expert to prepare all aspects of their required 8(a) Annual Review paperwork.

We work one-on-one with you to ensure that your 8(a) Annual Review is completed properly so you can continue to operate within the SBA 8(a) Program each year.

  • Our staff will gather and analyze all required data so you can turn your attention to “doing business” instead of “doing paperwork”.
  • We will complete an adjusted net worth analysis to ensure you will still be considered economically disadvantaged and also an adjusted gross income analysis if necessary.
  • We will advise you of any possible eligibility issues as well as remedies to any potential problems.
  • We will complete the online 8(a) Annual Review submission and the paper/supporting sections of your 8(a) Annual Review.
  • At the conclusion of this service your 8(a) Annual Update will be 100% ready to be submitted to the SBA. All electronic and paper documents will be prepared for you and packaged the way the SBA wants it.

 

 

 

8(a) Certification: Are you earning revenue from a past employer?

When you apply for the 8(a) Program the SBA will look at your current year to date and the past two to three years of revenue and whom it earned its revenue from. If you have earned revenue from a client who happens to be your past employer the SBA may take issue with this.

The relationship your firm has with your former employer can have a negative impact on your ability to get successfully 8(a) Certified if it results in the ability for them to impact the ability for you to control your firm. Earning a large percentage of your revenue from a past employer may result in the SBA denying your application.

Why?

As stated above, the SBA will look at your mix of clients and if a large percentage of your revenue comes from a past employer they could possibly try to affiliate you with your past employer since you had a employer/employee relationship. There is no magical number for the percentage since they look at the totality of the relationship such as contracts, subcontracts, sharing of employees, facilities, etc.

If you do have a relationship with your former employer you should try to keep any possible affiliation to a minimum.

To determine your overall state of 8(a) eligibility including possible issues such as above, please visit http://www.cloveer.com/8aquestionnaire.html and complete/submit your responses to us for a free eligibility analysis.

Need assistance with your 8(a) Application? With 15 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that no matter which option you choose, Cloveer will work harder and faster to get your business SBA 8a certified.  Contact us today at 813-333-5800 or visiting our website at www.cloveer.com to discover what Cloveer can do for you. We also offer these options for further assistance in completing your 8(a) Application.

Option 18(a) Application Review

  • For those who wish to complete the application on their own we offer an 8(a) Application Review service.  Here, one of our 8a program experts will review your entire application, checking it for missing documents and potential eligibility issues.  We will then advise you as to how best to modify your application to ensure it will be approved an SBA reviewer.

Option 28a Application Completion Service

  • The majority of our clients however, prefer a little more of a hands-on approach.  They recognize the expertise we have accumulated in the over 15 years we’ve been assisting clients obtain 8(a) certification, and want us to put it to use for them.  If you opt for our 8(a) Application Completion Service, we will work one-on-one with you to ensure that your 8(a) Application is 100% complete and compliant so the SBA can review and accept it the first time.

 

8(a) Certification – Contract Listing Report, Copies of Contracts and Letters of Reference

When you apply for the SBA 8(a) Program the SBA will require that you provide a detailed listing of your contracts* for the current year, through the most recently completed month, and at least the last two years along with 2 -3 letters of reference from current or past clients. You may also have to provide the SBA a copy of your client contracts for the last 12 calendar months.

*The term contract means contract, agreement, PO, etc.

The contract listing breakdown. You must detail the following to the SBA:
1. Contract Name. List the name of the contract, if applicable. (e.g., DISA Contract)
2. NAICS Code. List the six digit NAICS code which you are performing the work under. (e.g., 541511)
3. Award Date. List the date the contract was awarded (e.g., 01/01/2015)
4. Customer Name (Billable Client). List the name of the customer/client you are billing for the work being performed. (e.g. Lockheed Martin)
5. Description. Provide a brief description of the work being performed for the client. (e.g., Web based software application for DISA)
6. Total Dollar Value of Contract. List the total value of the contract. (e.g. $100,000 or TBD, ongoing if no total value)
7. Revenue earned from Client. List the amount of revenue your company has earned from this client in the current year to date and the last two fiscal years. (e.g., $53,275)

See below for a example.

sample contract listing

Sample Contract Listing

You must also prepare another breakdown for the last 12 calendar months of your revenue too. See Below for an example.

Last 12 Months of Contracts

Last 12 Months of Contracts

The SBA will also use the above breakdown’s to look at your economic dependency over these periods of measurement to see if you are or have been earning more than than 70% of your revenue from one billable client. See our blog posting on economic dependency for more information on this topic.

Reference Letters:
As stated above the SBA will also require 2-3 letters of reference from current or past clients that speak to your performance on the work performed. The letters should be on the letter writers letterhead, provide a brief description of the work performed and whether it was performed successfully, and also contain the letter writers contact information and signature.

Copies of Contracts:
Although not specified by the SBA in their 8(a) Application checklist you should gather and store electronic copies of all contracts, agreements, PO’s, etc between your firm and the client for the last 12 months as you have reported within the last 12 months of contracts/revenue breakdown. Be sure that all documents are duly signed by all parties, if the SBA requests this information from you.

Need assistance with your 8(a) Application? With 15 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that no matter which option you choose, Cloveer will work harder and faster to get your business SBA 8a certified.  Contact us today at 813-333-5800 or visiting our website at www.cloveer.com to discover what Cloveer can do for you. We also offer these options for further assistance in completing your 8(a) Application.

Option 18(a) Application Review

  • For those who wish to complete the application on their own we offer an 8(a) Application Review service.  Here, one of our 8a program experts will review your entire application, checking it for missing documents and potential eligibility issues.  We will then advise you as to how best to modify your application to ensure it will be approved an SBA reviewer.

Option 28a Application Completion Service

  • The majority of our clients however, prefer a little more of a hands-on approach.  They recognize the expertise we have accumulated in the over 15 years we’ve been assisting clients obtain 8(a) certification, and want us to put it to use for them.  If you opt for our 8(a) Application Completion Service, we will work one-on-one with you to ensure that your 8(a) Application is 100% complete and compliant so the SBA can review and accept it the first time.

 

Don’t think the 8(a) Program or HUBZone Program has any work? Think Again!

If you don’t think the 8(a) Program or HUBZone Program can be a valuable tool for your business just look at the following 8(a) and HUBZone contract information pulled from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) for just the period of 10/1/2014 through 09/30/2016.


8(a) Sole Source Contract Actions:
Total Action Obligations: $17,327,494,322.14
Total Contract Actions: 122,381

8(a) Competitive Contract Actions:
Total Action Obligations: $16,760,620,275.87
Total Contract Actions: 72,546

8(a) with HUBZone Preference Contract Actions:
Total Action Obligations: $13,444,789.30
Total Contract Actions: 29

Summary:
Total 8(a) Sole Source, Competitive and HUBZone Preference:

Total Action Obligations: $34,101,559,387.31
Total Contract Actions: 194,956


HUBZone Set-Aside Contract Actions:
Total Action Obligations: $3,300,688,237.85
Total Contract Actions: 23,405

HUBZone Sole Source Contract Actions:
Total Action Obligations: $78,474,087.11
Total Contract Actions: 1,014

Summary:
Total HUBZone Set-Aside and Sole Source:

Total Action Obligations: $3,379,162,324.96
Total Contract Actions: 24,419


Need assistance with your 8(a)  or HUBZone Application? With 15 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that no matter which option you choose, Cloveer will work harder and faster to get your business SBA 8(a) or HUBZone certified.  Contact us today at 813-333-5800 or visiting our website at www.cloveer.com to discover what Cloveer can do for you. We also offer these options for further assistance in completing your 8(a) and HUBZone Application.

8(a) Application Assistance

Option 18(a) Application Review

  • For those who wish to complete the application on their own we offer an 8(a) Application Review service.  Here, one of our 8a program experts will review your entire application, checking it for missing documents and potential eligibility issues.  We will then advise you as to how best to modify your application to ensure it will be approved an SBA reviewer.

Option 28a Application Completion Service

  • The majority of our clients however, prefer a little more of a hands-on approach.  They recognize the expertise we have accumulated in the over 15 years we’ve been assisting clients obtain 8(a) certification, and want us to put it to use for them.  If you opt for our 8(a) Application Completion Service, we will work one-on-one with you to ensure that your 8(a) Application is 100% complete and compliant so the SBA can review and accept it the first time.

HUBZone Application Assistance

Option 1HUBZone Application Review

  • For those who wish to complete the application on their own we offer a HUBZone Application Review service.  Here, one of our HUBZone program experts will review your entire application, checking it for missing documents and potential eligibility issues.  We will then advise you as to how best to modify your application to ensure it will be approved an SBA reviewer.

Option 2HUBZone Application Completion Service

  • The majority of our clients however, prefer a little more of a hands-on approach.  They recognize the expertise we have accumulated in the over 15 years we’ve been assisting clients obtain HUBZone certification, and want us to put it to use for them.  If you opt for our HUBZone Application Completion Service, we will work one-on-one with you to ensure that your HUBZone Application is 100% complete and compliant so the SBA can review and accept it the first time.

Certificate of Good Standing. Where to obtain one for my 8(a) Application or HUBZone Application.

When applying for the 8(a) Program or HUBZone Program you are requried to provide the SBA with a copy of a current Certificate of Good Standing that is no older than 90 days old when your application is submitted. Some States refer to the the Certificate of Good Standing as a Certificate of Existence, Compliance, Status or Authorization. Below is a links to obtain this required document.

Alabama

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
Link to obtain: https://www.alabamainteractive.org/sos_eCertificate/welcome.action

Alaska
Referred to as a Certificate of Compliance
Link to obtain: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/corporations/certificateofcompliance.aspx

Arizona

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://www.azcc.gov/Divisions/Corporations/CertGoodStanding.asp

Arkansas

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://www.ark.org/sos/good_standing/index.php

California

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/business-entities/information-requests/

Colorado

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/BusinessFunctions.do

Connecticut

Referred to as a Certificate of Legal Existence
Link to obtain: http://www.concord-sots.ct.gov/CONCORD/online?eid=7000&sn=ColeOnline

Delaware

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
Link to obtain: https://corp.delaware.gov/directweb.shtml

District of Columbia (DC)

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
Link to obtain: https://dcra.dc.gov/book/corporate-registration-faqs/corporate-registration-faqs-process

Florida

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
Link to obtain: http://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/manage-business/certification/

Georgia

Referred to as a Certificate Existence
Link to obtain: https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/CertificateOfExistence

Hawaii

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://portal.ehawaii.gov/home/online-services/certificate-of-goods-standing/

Idaho

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Existence
Link to obtain: https://sos.idaho.gov/CORP/certificate_of_existence.html

Illinois

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://www.ilsos.gov/corporatellc/

Indiana

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
Link to obtain: https://inbiz.in.gov/business-filings/information-requests

Iowa

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
Link to obtain: https://sos.iowa.gov/business/FormsAndFees.html#CertsAndCopies

Kansas

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://www.kssos.org/other/certificate_good_standing.html

Kentucky

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
Link to obtain: http://www.sos.ky.gov/bus/businessrecords/Pages/default.aspx

Louisiana

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://www.sos.la.gov/BusinessServices/SearchForLouisianaBusinessFilings/OrderDocumentsAndCertificates/Pages/default.aspx

Maine

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
Link to obtain: https://icrs.informe.org/nei-sos-icrs/ICRS

Maryland

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
Link to obtain: http://dat.maryland.gov/businesses/Pages/Internet-Certificate-of-Status.aspx

Massachusetts

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://mtc.dor.state.ma.us/mtc/_/

Michigan

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-5647_12539_71074-33117–,00.html

Minnesota

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
Link to obtain: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/business-liens/business-help/how-to-order-copies-of-filings-certificates/

Mississippi

Referred to as a Certificate of Status/Good Standing/Existence
Link to obtain: http://www.sos.ms.gov/BusinessServices/Pages/Order-Documents.aspx

Missouri

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://www.sos.mo.gov/business/formsAndServices

Montana

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
Link to obtain: https://sos.mt.gov/business

Nebraska

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://www.sos.ne.gov/business/corp_serv/

Nevada

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://nvsos.gov/sos/businesses/commercial-recordings/faqs#59

New Hampshire

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://sos.nh.gov/corpfaq.aspx

New Jersey

Referred to as a Certificate of Standing
Link to obtain: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/dcr/programs/ann_rptdue.shtml

New Mexico

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Business_Services/good-standing-and-status-certificate-information-and-fees.aspx

New York

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
Link to obtain: https://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/faq_certificates_under_seal.page.asp

North Carolina

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://www.dor.state.nc.us/taxes/corporate/lettergoodstanding.html

North Dakota

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://sos.nd.gov/business/business-services/business-services-faqs

Ohio

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://cogs.sos.state.oh.us/(S(2g3njebc2opd3omrdqi4crki))/index.aspx

Oklahoma

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://www.sos.ok.gov/corp/order/orderDefault.aspx

Oregon

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
Link to obtain: http://sos.oregon.gov/business/Pages/business-registry-certificates.aspx

Pennsylvania

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://www.dos.pa.gov/Businesscharities/Business/Resources/Pages/Good-Standing-Or-Subsistence-Certificates.aspx

Rhode Island

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Business-Portal/Certifications-Apostille-Goodstanding

South Carolina

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
Link to obtain: https://web.sc.gov/SOSDocumentRetrieval/Welcome.aspx

South Dakota

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://sdsos.gov/business-services/corporations/request-certificate-good-standing.aspx

Tennessee

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence
Link to obtain: http://sos.tn.gov/products/business-services/request-certificate-existence-0

Texas

Referred to as a Certificate of Status/Existence
Link to obtain: https://www.sos.texas.gov/corp/copies.shtml

Utah

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence/Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://corporations.utah.gov/inetcorpdocs.html#Existence

Vermont

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/corporationsbusiness-services/good-standing-status-certificates.aspx

Virginia

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing/Existence
Link to obtain: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/clk/copy.aspx

Washington

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence/Authorization
Link to obtain: https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/OrderDocs.aspx

West Virginia

Referred to as a Certificate of Existence/Authorization
Link to obtain: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/business/Pages/copiesandcertificates.aspx

Wisconsin

Referred to as a Certificate of Status
Link to obtain: https://www.wdfi.org/corporations/fees/cert_program_inst.htm

Wyoming

Referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing
Link to obtain: https://wyobiz.wy.gov/business/viewcertificate.aspx

Need assistance with your 8(a)  or HUBZone Application? With 15 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that no matter which option you choose, Cloveer will work harder and faster to get your business SBA 8(a) or HUBZone certified.  Contact us today at 813-333-5800 or visiting our website at www.cloveer.com to discover what Cloveer can do for you. We also offer these options for further assistance in completing your 8(a) and HUBZone Application.

8(a) Application Assistance

Option 18(a) Application Review

  • For those who wish to complete the application on their own we offer an 8(a) Application Review service.  Here, one of our 8a program experts will review your entire application, checking it for missing documents and potential eligibility issues.  We will then advise you as to how best to modify your application to ensure it will be approved an SBA reviewer.

Option 28a Application Completion Service

  • The majority of our clients however, prefer a little more of a hands-on approach.  They recognize the expertise we have accumulated in the over 15 years we’ve been assisting clients obtain 8(a) certification, and want us to put it to use for them.  If you opt for our 8(a) Application Completion Service, we will work one-on-one with you to ensure that your 8(a) Application is 100% complete and compliant so the SBA can review and accept it the first time.

HUBZone Application Assistance

Option 1HUBZone Application Review

  • For those who wish to complete the application on their own we offer a HUBZone Application Review service.  Here, one of our HUBZone program experts will review your entire application, checking it for missing documents and potential eligibility issues.  We will then advise you as to how best to modify your application to ensure it will be approved an SBA reviewer.

Option 2HUBZone Application Completion Service

  • The majority of our clients however, prefer a little more of a hands-on approach.  They recognize the expertise we have accumulated in the over 15 years we’ve been assisting clients obtain HUBZone certification, and want us to put it to use for them.  If you opt for our HUBZone Application Completion Service, we will work one-on-one with you to ensure that your HUBZone Application is 100% complete and compliant so the SBA can review and accept it the first time.

8(a) Certification and Community Property Laws

§124.104   Who is economically disadvantaged?

(2) When married, an individual claiming economic disadvantage must submit separate financial information for his or her spouse, unless the individual and the spouse are legally separated. SBA will consider a spouse’s financial situation in determining an individual’s access to credit and capital where the spouse has a role in the business (e.g., an officer, employee or director) or has lent money to, provided credit support to, or guaranteed a loan of the business. SBA does not take into consideration community property laws when determining economic disadvantage.

This means that both the applicant (individual claiming disadvantage) and his or her spouse must submit a separate SBA 413 Form during the 8(a) Application process, unless:

They are legally separated.

and;

The SBA will not split all assets and liabilities 50/50 unless they are jointly owned or there is a pre and/or post nuptial agreement that details which assets are held by one individual or another, separately.

§124.105   What does it mean to be unconditionally owned by one or more disadvantaged individuals?

(k) Community property laws given effect. In determining ownership interests when an owner resides in any of the community property states or territories of the United States (Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin), SBA considers applicable state community property laws. If only one spouse claims disadvantaged status, that spouse’s ownership interest will be considered unconditionally held only to the extent it is vested by the community property laws. A transfer or relinquishment of interest by the non-disadvantaged spouse may be necessary in some cases to establish eligibility.

This means that the applicant (individual claiming disadvantage) and their spouse must execute a community property transmutation agreement to ensure that they have transferred or relinquished the proper percentage of ownership held within the applicant firm so that the applicant has unconditional ownership of the applicant firm that is applying for the 8(a) Program.

If you need a template to prepare an acceptable Community Property Transmutation Agreement, please visit our products page that contains a template for purchase.

Need assistance with your 8(a) Application? With 15 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that no matter which option you choose, Cloveer will work harder and faster to get your business SBA 8a certified.  Contact us today at 813-333-5800 or visiting our website at www.cloveer.com to discover what Cloveer can do for you. We also offer these options for further assistance in completing your 8(a) Application.

Option 18(a) Application Review

  • For those who wish to complete the application on their own we offer an 8(a) Application Review service.  Here, one of our 8a program experts will review your entire application, checking it for missing documents and potential eligibility issues.  We will then advise you as to how best to modify your application to ensure it will be approved an SBA reviewer.

Option 28a Application Completion Service

  • The majority of our clients however, prefer a little more of a hands-on approach.  They recognize the expertise we have accumulated in the over 15 years we’ve been assisting clients obtain 8(a) certification, and want us to put it to use for them.  If you opt for our 8(a) Application Completion Service, we will work one-on-one with you to ensure that your 8(a) Application is 100% complete and compliant so the SBA can review and accept it the first time.

Tips on finding 8(a) contract opportunities

The federal government is the largest buyer in the world, but how do you know what agency will buy what you sell?

What do government agencies buy and where to locate opportunities?

The federal government buys everything from office supplies to missiles. No matter what your product or services are, chances are there is a federal agency that buys it.  But you can’t sell your products or services to the federal government if you don’t know which federal agencies are buying and what their needs are.

Here are some tips for finding 8(a) contract opportunities:

  1. The federal government operates an online service called Federal Business Opportunities, known as FBO or FedBizOpps. This single entry, government wide Web site, https://www.fbo.gov, announces available business opportunities and is a powerful tool to help you become successful in government contracting. The site identifies contract opportunities over $25,000.

You can narrow down your search for 8(a) set-aside contract opportunities or set-up an account to automatically receive targeted opportunities via email. We suggest that you specifically look for 8(a) opportunities that are in the pre-solicitation or sources sought phase as most of the other phases are too far along in the procurement process already.

  1. Contact each federal agency’s OSDBU (Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization) office. The OSDBU’s ensure that small and disadvantaged businesses are provided maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the agency’s contracting process. The primary responsibility of the OSDBU is to ensure that small businesses are treated fairly and have an opportunity to compete and be selected for a fair amount of the agency’s contracting and subcontracting dollars. You can find the contact information for each OSDBU office by visiting https://business.usa.gov/OSDBU-Offices.

Most OSDBU offices also offer the availability of looking at their procurement forecasts,  as well as doing business with guides, organization charts with names and phone numbers for points of contact. Each web site should list the Small Business Specialist’s name and telephone number. Contact the Small Business Specialists at targeted installations to request pamphlets, guides, web sites, bidder’s list applications, etc.

Agencies use a variety of means for purchasing items.  8(a) firms should become familiar with how those buying offices advertise these requirements and then monitor them closely.  Most government agencies have common purchasing needs. The government can realize economies of scale by centralizing the purchasing of certain types of products or services.

  1. Visit the Federal Procurement Data System web site. It contains every federal procurement that has ever taken place. The web site can be found by visiting https://www.fpds.gov.

You can search and find out which federal agency is buying your products or services, the names of your competitors who were awarded past contracts, their dollar value, location, NAICS code and more.

Once you have an idea of who you can sell your products and services to, your local Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) (http://www.aptac-us.org/) may offer workshops for small businesses to acquire a basic understanding of the federal government procurement process. Some locations also offer services such as matching a firm’s capabilities with federal solicitations advertised in FedBizOpps, information on subcontracting opportunities, one-to-one technical assistance in completing bid packages and other paperwork, etc.

When Will the Agency Buy It Again?

As stated above, most agencies publish procurement forecasts on their web sites. Procurement forecasts are wish lists of proposed contract opportunities that may or may not come to fruition. Procurement history may be more reliable.  If they’ve been buying it for years, they may continue to buy it. You may want to try to identify knowledgeable officials at the buying agency and then ask for their opinions. But again, their information may be subject to change.  Much of what an agency buys depends on their budget. You should also develop a good rapport with buying agency officials.

One of the most important things that you have to do next is to convince the buying agency that they should buy from you. If the buying agency is using a competitive procurement process, why should it consider using 8(a) procedures? You must show that your business is competent, capable and reasonably priced. Make it in the buying agency’s best interests to contract with you.

If the buying agency is currently using 8(a) procedures, why should it contract with you and not some other 8(a) firm?  How will you provide better service, better quality or better prices?  What is it that you can do to either solve the buying agency’s problems, or prevent problems from occurring, or provide insight into problem solving more than any other firm?  Show them what you bring to the table.

Selling to the federal government is not that much different from selling to the private sector. It all comes down to marketing.  Your 8(a) status is a marketing tool that allows you to get your foot in the door at buying agencies, but you must use the tool wisely. Unless you have an unlimited marketing budget and personnel, you will have to decide which and how many agencies to target. Realistically, an 8(a) company can effectively market only three, four, or at most, five agencies. Which agencies you decide to market will depend on the factors discussed above.