The 8(a) Business Development Program
Through the 8(a) Business Development Program, the federal government aims to award at least 5% of all federal contracting dollars to small, disadvantaged businesses each year.
Benefits of the 8(a) Program
Disadvantaged businesses in the 8(a) program have less competition for certain types of contracts, can take part in mentorship opportunities, and receive technical assistance for their business and federal contracting needs. Learn more about the 8(a) program.
To participate in the 8(a) Business Development Program, you must become 8(a) certified. Certification lasts up to 9 years and requires annual reviews. Steps to becoming certified include: