Are You Eligible to Obtain 8(a) Certification?

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Santa Ana District Office

The SBA's 8(a) business development 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.

Applicant firms must be:

  • a small business;
  • unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States; and
  • demonstrate potential for success

Participants in the 8(a) business development program can receive sole source contracts up to $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing.  8(a) firms are also able to form joint ventures and teams to bid on larger prime contracts.  


At the application workshop, 8(a) experts will address the initial criteria for entrance into the program, highlight tips on how to complete the electronic application, and provide useful strategies on how to market in the federal contracting arena.  

Workshop dates in 2013 for Orange County are January 24th, February 28th, March 28th, May 23rd, June 27th, July 25th, August 22nd, and October 24th.  All of these workshops will be located in the Training Room of our office, located at 200 W. Santa Ana Boulevard, Suite 700, Santa Ana, California.  

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the sessions starting at 8:30 a.m. promptly and lasting until noon.


Please call Sandra Anguiano at (714) 560-7446 or email sandra.anguiano@sba.gov to RSVP or for more information.