The 8(a) Business Development Program

Often talked about as the best federal certification to have, the 8(a) Business Development Program certification is a 9 year program. This certification can only be held once in a company’s lifetime, so it is best to ensure you are ready to take on this endeavor and reap the benefits that come with it. The Registrations Group has a team dedicated to processing these certifications for our clients more efficiently than anyone else.

When you choose The Registrations Group for your 8(a) certification application, we also include:

    • SAM registration if you don’t have one
    •  SAM.gov registration to see contracting opportunities
    • Capabilities Statement design & creation once certified, along with a list of government buyers in your state to start marketing to.

The federal government spent $11.98 BILLION in direct, set-aside 8(a) contracting in FY2020.

Eligibility To Become An 8(a) Certified Company (as of SEPTEMBER 29, 2023)

  1. Be a small business as determined by NAICS size standards.
  2. Business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens socially who are socially and economically disadvantaged. 
  3.  Have a personal net worth that does not exceed $850,000, adjusted gross income that does not exceed $400,000 or less, and assets totalling  $6.5 million or less.
  4. In the past two years of business sales, no more than 70% of that revenue can be from one single client.
  5. Demonstrate the potential for success such as having been in business for two years.
  6. Demonstrate good character.

Key Benefits of the 8(a) Program:

  • Receive sole-source (no-bid) contracts up to $4 million
  • Compete for contracts that are specifically set-aside for businesses that are 8(a) certified
  • Appointed a Business Opportunity Specialist from the SBA to help navigate federal contracting
  • Receive management and technical assistance, including business training, counseling, marketing assistance, and high-level executive development
  •  Federal agencies have established annual contracting goals (usually at least 3% of total annual budget) with 8(a) firms. Agencies have to achieve these goals each year.
  • Often time the most sought after business set-aside with subcontracting. Large primes are often mandated to subcontract certain percentages of contracts to an 8(a) firm.
  • There are many other benefits designed to help your company grow

Why Choose THE REGISTRATIONS GROUP For your 8(a) Certification Processing

With over 15 years in experience processing 8(a) certifications, and an entire processing team dedicated to just this, The Reg Group has a vast depth of knowledge in completing the 8(a) Business Development certification. We expedite the 8(a) with efficiency. Our team has seen it all, and knows exactly how your documents need to be formatted, what obstacles to overcome, and what to expect once we’ve submitted your application.


The Registrations Group is ready to begin your 8(a) certification today! Give us a call to confirm your eligibility to become certified, and get started now. Once you are certified we offer 6 months of contracting guidance to ensure you are ready for a successful federal contracting experience.

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