SBA Offers Govt Contracting & Certification Programs

Eastern Pennsylvania District Office


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SBA Celebrates Women's History Month and Offers Virtual Government Contracting & Certification Programs 

Government Contracting and Certifications


The SBA can help you open more doors to federal contracting through federal certification programs. The federal government works to make sure small businesses get at least 23 percent of all federal contracting dollars. Additionally, a certain percentage of all federal prime contracting dollars are awarded to small businesses meeting certain socio-economic conditions. The federal government has special programs to help businesses owned by women and minorities compete in the federal market.

The U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District Office with our local PA Procurement Technical Assistance Center present four virtual training programs for businesses and entrepreneurs starting or expanding their federal government contracting skill set. In each webinar you'll learn:

  • Program benefits
  • Program eligibility requirements
  • Resources for assistance
  • Interactive Q&A


Tuesday, March 15, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Federal HUBZone Certification


The HUBZone program fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business zones with a goal of awarding 3% or more of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year. Joining the HUBZone Federal Contracting Program makes a business eligible to compete for federal contract set asides for the program.



Tuesday, March 22, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Doing Business with the Federal Government 101


Landing a federal government contract can offer numerous benefits for companies and can be a catalyst for growth for small businesses.  Federal government contracts can range in value from a few thousand to billions of dollars, so the contractors that bid on them range in size from small businesses to major corporations.  While bidding on federal government contracts can be a difficult process, many federal government agencies have contracts reserved for small, women-owned, and minority owned businesses. 



Thursday, March 24, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Federal Government Certifications 

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This introductory workshop covers the Women-Owned Small Business Set-Aside and HUBZone federal certifications, and the SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program. The 8(a) program is a robust nine-year program created to help firms owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Once certified, 8(a) program participants are eligible to receive federal contracting preferences and receive training and technical assistance designed to strengthen their ability to compete effectively in the American economy.



Thursday, March 24, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Doing Business with the Federal Government 201

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The Federal Government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Pursuing government contracts is a challenge, and can be burden for your company if you do not have the resources or maturity to handle a contract. Determine if your company is ready, and how to position yourself for success.


Contact:  Jennifer Tilden, SBA Lead Business Opportunity Specialist at with any questions or for additional information. 

Participants are welcome to register for one or all of these no-cost Contracting Programs! SBA’s participation is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any participants, person or entity.