Congratulations! Your firm has been certified as a Participant
in the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) BD
program. Your nine (9) year program term begins on the date
of this letter.
Additionally, your firm has been certified as a Small Disadvantaged
Business (SDB) in the Federal Government's SDB program.
Your term of participation in the SDB program is concurrent
with your 8(a) BD certification.
During the participation in the 8(a) program, you will receive
business development assistance from an assigned Business
Opportunity Specialist in the San Diego District Office
located at 550 West C Street, Suite 550, San Diego, California
92101. The phone number is 619-557-7250. The District office
will also be able to provide you with information on the
SDB program and its benefits.
Your firm will become eligible to receive 8(a) contracts
after you submit a business plan using SBA Form 1010C and
receive SBA's approval of the plan. We are sending a copy
of this certification letter to the SBA San Diego District
Office. That office will send you the business plan form.
SBA requires that the President or Chief Executive Offier
sign a Participation Agreement to show that he or she understands
the conditions of 8(a) program participation. Please read
the Agreement carefully, sign and date one copy and return
it to the SBA San Diego District Office at the address shown
in the third paragraph above. The second copy is for you.
Even though your firm's approved Primary Standard Industrial
Classification (SIC) Code is 1731, your firm may be awarded
contracts under other SIC Codes, as long as the firm is
quailified to perform. In this regard, please not that contracts
awarded under 8(a) BD program authority generally result
from the self-marketing efforts of the 8(a) firm. While
your firm's acceptance into the 8(a) BD program is not a
guarantee of contract support, SBA will make every effort
to provide you with assistance in your marketing efforts.
If you have not already done so, we strongly suggest that
you acquire access to e-mail to enhance your communication
abilities with public and private sector buyers. Also, you
should consider setting up a merchant account with a credit
card company which will give you the ability to accept credit
card orders for your goods and services from over 1,000
Federal buying offices. Finally, please contact your local
SBA District Office to update your entrollment in PRO-Net,
an SBA online procurement listing of small businesses utilized
by public and private sector buyers.
We welcome you as an 8(a) program participant and look forward
to working with you."
Delorice P. Ford
Acting Associate Administrator for
8(a) Business Development