A Change That Would Simplify and Improve SBA’s HUBZone Program

By Carol L. O’Riordan A HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) is a geographic area that benefits from a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program that was established in 1998. The program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. The SBA regulates and implements the HUBZone program by […]

New SBA Mentor-Protégé Program Creates Opportunities for Small Business

On July 25, 2016, the federal Small Business Administration issued a final rule – effective August 24, 2016 – establishing a mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns. Although this new program resembles the existing mentor-protégé program for 8(a) firms, it is a distinct program that permits all small business concerns to participate in mentor-protégé […]

D.C. Making Changes to Its Small Business Preference Rules

On February 26, 2015, the District of Columbia’s Department of State and Local Business Development (DSLBD) made an announcement requesting public comments on recent changes made last fall to the D.C. local law concerning contract preferences for small businesses and other “Certified Business Enterprises” (CBEs). These changes were made by the Small and Certified Business […]

SBA Changes Contract Qualification Rules for Small Businesses

As we noted in an earlier blog post this month, the Small Business Administration has released a proposed rule that would affect, in several ways, the operation of several special business preference programs for federal contracts.  These include the 8(a) program for disadvantaged small businesses, the HUBZone program for businesses in historically underutilized business zones, and […]

New SBA Rule Would Help Small Businesses Qualify for Federal Programs

By Carol L. O’Riordan The Small Business Administration has released a proposed rule that would affect the operation of several special business preference programs for federal contracts, such as the 8(a) program for disadvantaged small businesses, the HUBZone program for businesses in historically underutilized business zones, and the program to aid businesses run by service-disabled […]

SBA Proposes New Mentor-Protege Program for Small Businesses

  The Small Business Administration, which has the mission of expanding federal contract opportunities for various types of small businesses while continuing to work to prevent fraud in these programs, is proposing to establish a government-wide mentor-protégé program for all types of small businesses, parallel to the existing mentor-protégé program under the SBA’s 8(a) business […]

SBA Plans Major Changes in HUBZone Program

By Pamela J. Bethel This is the third blog post in our series about new federal regulatory initiatives that are on tap for the  first half of 2014. Last May, in an action that was somewhat embarrassing to the Small Business Administration, that agency made a decision to strip D.C.-based Strong Castle Inc. of its […]

D.C.-Area Company Is Stripped of “HUBZone” Designation by SBA

While we support the various programs for granting preferences in federal contracting to companies in traditionally disadvantaged groups such as women, minorities, and disabled veterans, it is also critical that potential contractors not abuse the preferences that Congress has granted. Although this type of abuse is not nearly as common as some in the media […]