Small Business Programs and Certifications

Federal Office of Business Development “Straight Talk!” Series: The Office of Business Development is hosting its open hour “Straight Talk!” on the 8(a) Business Development (8(a) BD) Program. Whether you’re thinking about applying to the 8(a) BD Program or having been certified into the program or just have general questions about the 8(a) BD program, join using the information below. Please note that the public can access the event by audio only. [January 2022]

Date: 3rd Wednesday of each month

Time: 2pm to 2:30pm EDT

Call: TEAMS conference call

+1 202-765-1264,,217121169# United States, Washington DC

Phone Conference ID: 217 121 169#

U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General review of SBA’s Business Development Assistance to 8(a) Program Participants provides an in depth review of the assistance proved by the SBA to 8(a) program participants.  [February 2022]

FACT SHEET from the WHITE HOUSE: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Reforms to Increase Equity and Level the Playing Field for Underserved Small Business Owners. This announcement outlines how the federal government will be increasing the share of contracts going to small disadvantaged businesses by increasing agencies goals to 11%, up from the currently goal of 5%.  [December 2021]

Congressional Research Service report SBA’s “8(a) Program”:  Overview, History, and Current Issues dated November 10, 2021 provides an in depth overview of the SBA 8(a) program.  [November 2021]

Congressional Research Service report SBA Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program dated November 10, 2021 provides an in depth overview of the SBA WOSB program.  [November 2021]