SBA 8a Certification Lawyers
Overcome Costly Mistakes in the SBA 8a Program
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Applying for the 8(a) Certification Program can be one of the most exhausting exercise that a small business can go through. Failure to company with the rules in the application process means that you will more than likely spend a substantial
amount of time supplementing information to the Small Business Administration. With decades of experience in federal small business programs and government contracting, the consultants and lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC help contractors across the United States to navigate through the tough hurdles at the application and after certification. See some of our results. We help you to:
- Assess whether you meet the basis eligibility requirements
- Make the proper adjustments to meet eligibility requirements
- Assess social and economic disadvantage status;
- Net worth assessments
- Business relationships and family business hurdles
- Affiliation and size determination appeals
Improve 8(a) Application Narratives
Learn how to submit credible application narratives for certification. One of the most difficult part of the SBA 8a certification application is writing social and economic narratives.
- There are specific things you want to discuss.
- Develop narratives to show the SBA that your meet the legal threshold for admission.
Avoid Affiliation Problems During the 8a Certification Process
Understanding and overcoming business relationships and personal relationship problems during 8a certification means having a thorough understanding of the legal rules and court cases that have decided similar matters. See our ten commandments Watson’s (SBA) 8a certification attorneys help you to overcome these problems.
- Assess and analyze business relationships for affiliation
- Properly address family businesses and family relationships
- Appeal adverse decisions from the SBA.
Learn How to Calculate Net Worth -Changes to the 8(a) Rules on Economic Disadvantage
New 8 a certification rules add objective criteria to determine economic disadvantage based on personal income and total assets. With the rule change applicants to the program must demonstrate economic disadvantage based on the following criteria;
Adjusted Net Worth must not exceed $250,000 for initial eligibility or $750,000 for continuing eligibility.
Personal Income must not exceed $250,000 (averaged over three years) for initial eligibility or $350,000 for continuing eligibility.
Total Assets must not exceed $4 million for initial eligibility and $6 million for continued eligibility (allows for growth during the 9-year term).
IRA Accounts – excluded from net worth and total asset determinations.
If you are lost and need help understanding the rules, sign up for our 8a training success classes.
Overcome the Two-year Application Rule
Under certain circumstances, the SBA permits small businesses that have not yet been in operation for two years to participate in the 8(a) program. These mitigating circumstances include:
- Individual or individuals making the application have “substantially demonstrated business management experience.”
- Applicant has sufficient technical expertise in their chosen area of business to make it very likely that they will be able to launch and maintain a successful business.
- Applicant had enough capital to carry out his or her business plan.
- Applicant shows that he or she has the ability to obtain the necessary personnel, facilities, equipment, and other requirements to perform all duties and obligations associated with contracts available through the 8(a) program.
- Individual or individuals making the application have a record of successful performance of contract work in the past, provided that those contracts (which may be from either government or private clients) are in the primary industry category in which the applicant is seeking program certification.
Submit Proper SBA 8a Requests for Reconsiderations
If your 8a certification package lacks information, the SBA may initial deny the application. You have the opportunity to submit a Request for Reconsideration. This phase is very critical because you want to preserve any legal rights for appeal. Our lawyers can help.
- Assess the government’s requirements and submit the proper documentation
- Ensure that critical information is submitted to complete your Request for Reconsideration.
Appeal Adverse Decisions from SBA
Learn how to overcome 8a certification and program application decisions. If the Sba has denied your 8a application, you can appeal to the SBA Office of Hearing and Appeals (SBAOHA).
Watson’s government contracts law attorneys and SBA 8(a) lawyers have successfully defeated the SBA in appeal.
- Appeal denials to SBAOHA
- Submit proper Requests or Reconsideration
Litigation and Appeal of 8a Terminations
If you are an existing 8a certified small business and have received termination recommendation letter, our lawyers can help you possibly overcome this hurdle.
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Let Watson’s Lawyers and Consultants Help
Watson & Associates 8a certification lawyers located in Washington, DC and Colorado have over a decade of experience with the 8a applications and the mistakes that are often seen in minority business certification applications. We don’t merely provide document preparation services for 8a applications. We apply the law to improve your chances of approval. This is what separates us from other 8a preparation services. Watson has successfully handled tough issues in the 8a Program to include reversing adverse decisions from the SBA. See samples of representative cases. At Watson, we offer ALL of the skills and information needed to take your business to the next level and beyond.
- Improve the likelihood of success with legally sufficient requirements
- Provide sound social and economic narratives that your disadvantaged status
- Avoid costly legal pitfalls seen in 8a applications.
Nationwide and Overseas 8 (a) Program Representation
Federal law allows our 8a Program attorneys to represent clients regardless of their resident state. Watson & Associates can represent small business certification applicants in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Our U.S. firm also helps DOD contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq construction efforts.
Cities in which we can help include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL.
Call us for Immediate Help.
If you seek a prompt and cost-effective resolution to a getting certified into the SBA 8 a Program, contact our government contracts attorneys today. Call Watson & Associates toll free at (866) 601-5518.