Small Business Administration Programs

A government contract can mean a boon to a small business that is growing or needs supplemental work for consistent employment of its labor team. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has many programs to help small businesses attain the level of activity they need to be successful.

Understanding Federal Mentorship Programs

These programs include mentorship arrangements with larger businesses including for contractors located in HUBZones, 8(a) contractors, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) or Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB). However, new rules in effect summer 2016 do not require SBA protégés to be 8 (a) contractors. Because the language is complex and the rules and regulations ever changing, many small businesses can benefit from guidance through the mentorship process as well as other legal services.

At Bailey & Bailey, P.C., we offer advice and assistance in obtaining certification as well as representation and counsel on SBA:

  • Solicitation analysis and protest of solicitation defects
  • Prosecution and defense of Qui Tam and other False Claims litigation
  • Preparation and prosecution of contract claims before the civilian and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the United States Court of Federal Claims

We have served as defense and prosecution of more than 100 bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Additionally we have had numerous successful appeals of protest and contract claims cases to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

New Rules For Mentorship Require A New Approach

In the summer of 2016 the SBA amended its rules and regulations regarding the mentor-protégé relationship. The new rules allow a mentor of any size to provide its small-business protégé with various types of business assistance, including:

  • Technical, management and administrative assistance
  • Equity investments and loans as financial assistance
  • Subcontracts; and/or actually performing a portion of federal prime contracts (even those contracts that were set aside for 8(a) contractors, contractors located in HUBZones, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) or Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)).

New Rules For Joint Ventures

A joint venture means the small business and the other members of this venture are connected with each other with regard to "a particular procurement or sale" that they are either performing or are seeking to perform. A contract award designated for a small business then requires the members of this joint venture to collectively "meet the size standard applicable" to the contract. Recent changes to the SBA requirements for small businesses, prime contractors and subcontractors include the elimination of some of the requirements. If you are unsure whether or not your small business meets 8 (a) Certification, WOSB certification, HUBzone Certification or SDVOB certification contact an experienced government contracts attorney.

Baily & Bailey, P.C., works with your small business to develop sound compliance strategies that meet the letter of the ever-changing SBA regulations. Call our San Antonio office at 210-570-9873 and speak with a qualified and experienced lawyer. Or fill out our online contact form, and we will contact you. We serve the state of Texas and companies nationwide and internationally.