HUBZone and 8(a)

Reps and Certs

FEDERAL CERTIFICATIONS: SBA CERTIFIED 8(a) Contractor
SBA CERTIFIED SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS (SBD)
HUBZone Small Business Concern
DUNS NUMBER: 828390182 CAGE CODE: 57R50
ORCA REGISTERED: Yes GSA Schedule: N/A

How the 8(a) Program Works

The 8 (a) program is intended to benefit both the client as well as the contractor through mechanisms that ensure quality performance. Prior to acceptance into the program, the contractor is subjected to a rigorous review of its ownership, daily management, operations, experience and financial status. Only those contractors that can document disadvantaged business status and demonstrate the viability of the organization are accepted into the program. Once accepted, the contractor is required to provide the SBA with a detailed business plan that must be updated annually.

Upon acceptance, each contractor is assigned Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes based on the qualifications and experience of the company and key personnel. Performance of 8(a) contracts is then limited to those SIC codes. As a company gains experience and expertise, it may request additional codes from the SBA based on documentation of this experience.

HUBZone Certification

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas.

The HUBZone Maps

In order to qualify for the HUBZone program, your business must be located in an area designated as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones.

Additional information about the basics of HUBZone requirements can be found on Understanding the HUBZone Program.

SDB Certification

The Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market.

The SBA 8(a) program is designed to benefit the client as well as the contractor by: Allowing small disadvantaged companies the ability to pursue sole-source procurements, Allowing federal agencies the ability to offer “8(a) only” competitive bid procurements, and Ensuring that the 8(a) company is stable and able to handle the workload - SBA does an extensive background check on the company prior to giving it an 8(a) designation.

Through sole source contracts, businesses are given an opportunity to enter the government-contracting arena and gain the experience necessary to compete in the full and open market.

Subcontracting

One of the goals of the 8(a) program is to allow non-8(a) contractors to expand their scope of services. Therefore, the 8(a) contractor is permitted, with approval of the SBA, to subcontract a portion of this work to other qualified firms. While subcontracting is restricted to maintain the integrity of the program as an opportunity for disadvantaged businesses, subcontracting limits can be as high as 85 percent, depending on the industry. Contractors develop valuable relationships, while the client benefits from a qualified, experienced, well-rounded team.

Benefit to Government Customers

  • Speed of Process
  • Contracts let in 48 Hours
  • Team involvement in SOW Development
  • Exacting Products & Services
  • Flexibility to negotiate Cost Openly
  • Contract can reflect customers budget requirements
  • Contractor can direct the sub-contractor
  • Meets the small-disadvantage requirement

Benefit To Our Vendor Partners

  • Speed of process and flexibility
  • Contracts awarded before competitive process begins
  • Limits cost of securing opportunity
  • Reduces risks of investment for development opportunity
  • Non protest-able award
  • Allow the “Team” to preserve margin
  • Allows Prime the ability to meet the small business requirements
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