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. K & R Management has a team dedicated to processing these certifications for our clients more efficiently than anyone else.

When you choose K & R Management for your 8(a) certification application, we include:

    • SAM registration if you don’t have one
    •  beta.SAM.gov registration to see contracting opportunities
    • Appointed a government advisor for 6 months once certified, to help navigate the federal market and ensure contracting success

Eligibility To Become An 8(a) Certified Company (as of July 15, 2020)

  1. Be a small business as determined by NAICS size standards
  2. Business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a socially disadvantaged individual (African American, Native American, Asian Pacific American, Sub-Continent Asian American, or Hispanic American.
      1.  There has also been occasions where women and veterans have been able to prove a social injustice in order to be considered for the 8(a) program.
  3.  Have a personal net worth that does not exceed $750,000, adjusted gross income that does not exceed $350,000 or less than $6 million in assets
  4. In the past two years of business sales, no more than 70% of that revenue can be from one single client.
  5. Business must demonstrate potential to perform on contracts

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 business 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.

Why Choose K & R Management 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, K & R Management 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.


K & R Management 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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