8(a) Benefit

Enhancing Operational Capability

SBA 8(a) Sole Source Benefits To Our Clients

The Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Sole Source vehicle enables government agencies to engage in direct buy contracts with 8(a) certified contractors. StraCon’s 8(a) and SDB business development certification is active and valid through July 2019.

Background

Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act as amended by Congress, created the 8(a) business development program. This program enables SBA to assist small disadvantaged firms to develop their businesses. In applying to the program, a firm is rigorously evaluated on its ownership, operations, financial health, and past performance.  Once accepted, the firm is required to provide SBA a detailed business plan and annually show continued success as a viable, strong business entity. Firms that are approved are certified by the SBA for a period of nine years.  The SBA has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with Federal Agencies allowing them to contract directly with certified 8(a) firms. Participants can receive sole source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4.0 million for goods and services, and $6.5M for manufacturing.

Program Manager Benefits

The 8(a) sole source vehicle provides agencies a simplified and shortened acquisition procedure:

  1. Greatly reduced cycle time: the time required to award an 8(a) sole source contract has been dramatically reduced and can be accomplished in a few weeks.
  2. Lowered administrative costs: procurement process costs associated with a lengthy contracting process are reduced to a minimum.
  3. Best price value: your contracting agency negotiates with StraCon directly to get the best value.
  4. Your organization receives small business credit for promoting small business participation.
  5. Contracts can be initiated with a simple high level statement of work.
  6. There is no protest process that could delay the start of needed work.
  7. Your organization is assured of getting the company you want, know and trust to conduct the work.

Simple Steps to Establish 8(a) Sole Source Contracts with StraCon

  1. The Government program manager or interested party develops a statement of work, prepares a government estimate, and obtains the necessary funding.
  2. The Government program manager or interested party chooses StraCon to perform the work and submits a procurement request to your contracting officer.
  3. The agency contracting officer prepares and submits an “Offer Letter” to StraCon’s SBA Business Development Specialist, Kevin Sloan  (kevin.sloan@sba.gov).
  4. SBA processes the Offer Letter and returns it to the agency contracting officer who submits the Statement of Work and Request for Proposal or Quotation to StraCon.
  5. StraCon submits the proposal which is evaluated and negotiated (if necessary) by the contracting agency.
  6. The contract is awarded to StraCon.