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Information for Small Disadvantaged and 8(a) Small Businesses


Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
Small businesses that are socially disadvantaged AND economically disadvantaged. Women-owned business, by themselves, are not specifically socially and economically disadvantaged, in the Small Business Act. To claim SDB status, you must be certified by the Small Business Administration or have submitted an application for certification and decision is pending. Detailed Information

8(a) Business Development Program
The Small Business Administration's 8(a) Program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. Detailed Information


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