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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Contracting Program

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program is designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing federal contracting preferences to small businesses. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification by being located in a HUBZone designated area or employing staff who live in such an area.

In addition, the SBA administers two particular business assistance programs for small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs). These programs are the 8(a) Business Development Program and the Small Disadvantaged Business Certification Program. While the 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms, SDB certification strictly pertains to benefits in Federal procurement. Companies which are 8(a) firms automatically qualify for SDB certification. Within Contracting Program Topics, we’ll review:

  • HUBZone
  • 8(a) Program
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
  • SBIR/STTR Programs
  • Procurement Center Reps
  • Procurement Assist Centers