Concept Plus has been certified as a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Sole Source vehicle enables agencies to engage in direct buy contracts with certified contractors. Concept Plus’s SBA 8(a) and SDB business development certification is valid through February 2018.
SBA 8(A) 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.
The SBA certifies firms that are approved 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 million for goods and services.
The 8(a) sole source vehicle provides agencies a simplified and shortened acquisition procedure:
- Reduced decision cycle: the time required to award an 8(a) sole source contract is usually within days.
- Lowered administrative costs: procurement process and time is reduced to a minimum.
- Prices reflecting the best value: agency negotiates with the firm directly to get the best value.
- Credit for promoting small business participation within agency.
- Can initiate a contract with a simple high-level statement of work.
STEPS TO ESTABLISH 8(A) SOLE SOURCE CONTRACT
- The Government program manager or interested party develops a statement of work, prepares a government estimate, and obtains the necessary funding.
- The Government program manager or interested party chooses Concept Plus to perform the work and submits a procurement request to the agency contracting officer.
- The agency contracting officer prepares and submits an “Offer Letter” to Concept Plus’s SBA Business Development Specialist, George Carlisle (George.firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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 Concept Plus.
- Concept Plus submits the proposal which is evaluated and negotiated (if necessary) by the agency.
- The contract is awarded to Concept Plus.
These steps can be accomplished within few days in most cases. It is also worthwhile to mention that Concept Plus has a great working relationship with the SBA‐assigned Business Development Specialist (BDS) who is willing to help clarify any issue related to 8(a) program and facilitate any contract award.