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Virtual Training: Understanding SBA’s 8(a) Certification

July 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


If you’re interested in selling supplies or services to federal agencies and think you might qualify as a small disadvantaged business, this session is for you. The federal government’s goal is to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year as part of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. Joining the 8(a) program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts and helps provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities.

In this online session, presenter Lesa Steele with REI Native American Business Center will discuss:

Benefits of SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program
Qualifications and Eligibility
How to begin the certification process
We’ll have plenty of time for Q&A with the presenter at the end of the session, so come ready with your questions!

Presenter: Lesa Steele, REI Native American Business Center Coordinator

Lesa is responsible for providing minority entrepreneurs with business and technical assistance, business consulting, client assessments and opportunity evaluation.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. WBC and 7j programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and language assistance services for clients with limited English proficiency will be provided if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Lori Smith, WBC Assistant at PO Box 1335, Durant, OK 74702 or call 800-658-2823.

For more information contact Jennifer Edwards or Lori Smith at 800.658.2823.


REI Women’s Business Center
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