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Getting the Most Out of 8(a): How to Qualify, Maximize Opportunities and Avoid Pitfalls

Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT/10:00 am PT
1.5 CPE credits

Webinar Details

Subject: Federal Contracting

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

With 8(a) status, a small business owner could win sole-source federal contracts worth up to $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. Those same businesses can be eligible for government contracts set aside only for 8(a) firms.

Unfortunately, even if you’re eligible for the 8(a) program, the complexity of Small Business Administration requirements can make it difficult to actually join. That same complexity can make it easy to run afoul of the rules and get disqualified and even terminated.

Still, with such rich rewards possible for 8(a) participants, there’s every reason to master the requirements and the opportunities of the programs.  Here’s how to do both!

Register now Getting the Most Out of 8(a): How to Qualify, Maximize Opportunities and Avoid Pitfalls.

In this 90-minute webinar, Jeffrey Weinstein—an expert on 8(a) and federal procurement—explains how small business owners from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds can attain and use 8(a) status. From who qualifies, to teaming agreements, governorship issues and meeting Competitive Business Mix targets, you’ll gain practical know-how for gaining (and keeping) your advantage.

The path to sole-source contracts.  You’ll learn how to navigate SBA regulations to reduce the risk of disqualification or termination—and violating SBA rules on “affiliation.” You’ll get real-world guidance on avoiding common pitfalls, such as excessive withdrawals or failure to perform the required percentage of work.  Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Reserve your space now to explore your own best opportunities for using 8(a) status, including:

  • How to know for certain whether your company is eligible
  • The requirements for being accepted into the program
  • How to avoid taking actions which could disqualify you or terminate your participation
  • The benefits (and risks!) of teaming and mentor-protégé opportunities
  • Tips from actual 8(a) program participants to help you maximize your potential for success

Bottom line: the “lessons learned” you’ll take away from this webinar can help you avoid contract terminations, suspension, debarment or even charges of False Claims.  Don’t wait—get the right cyber security precautions and practices in place before you’re involved in an incident.

Register now Getting the Most Out of 8(a): How to Qualify, Maximize Opportunities and Avoid Pitfalls.

Who Will Benefit

This webinar is of value to any contractor or subcontractor considering—or enrolled in—the 8(a) program. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • Owners of minority-owned small businesses seeking to maximize opportunity and limit risk
  • Prime contractors who want to subcontract or partner with 8(a) companies
  • People setting up a new business who are considering the benefits of the 8(a) program
  • Contracting officers who want to get a better understanding of 8(a) contracting 

FAR Benefit: Augment your compliance training and internal controls programs!

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR 52.203-13), entitled Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, requires contractors not represented as small businesses to establish an ongoing business ethics awareness and compliance program, as well as effective internal controls. Participating in this webinar course can augment your company’s code of ethics and training programs by providing specific guidance on contractual obligations. Training can also be a significant part of an internal control system. Sign up today!

Jeffrey Weinstein
Jeffrey Weinstein is Managing Partner of The Weinstein Law Group, PLLC. Mr. Weinstein has provided legal and strategic advice to a wide variety of companies throughout the world for over 25 years in all areas of federal and state procurement contract formation, administration, audit, and litigation. He has filed and defended bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office and state contract appeal boards. In addition, he represents clients in federal and state courts and in administrative negotiations, and has lobbied elected officials and staff in the U.S. Congress. Mr. Weinstein has lectured on federal procurement issues before the National Contract Management Association, the American Bar Association, state bar associations, and other organizations. Before starting his own firm in 2001, he headed the Government Contracts practice group at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot.

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