What happens after a business concern is approved for participation in the 8a Program?
1. Once the SBA approves your business concern for participation in the 8a program, the Office of Certification and Eligibility will assign a case number to your file. Your case number can found by looking within your Dynamic Small Business Profile. Your profile will indicate the following under the 8a Certification section:
SBA 8a Case Number:
SBA 8a Entrance Date:
SBA 8a Exit Date:
The SBA 8a Entrance Date is the date you were officially certified as an 8a participant. The SBA 8a Exit Date is the date of your anticipated 8a program exit date. The exit date will be nine years from the entrance date. Your SBA 8a Entrance Date also defines the date each year your business concern must file its 8a annual update or review.
2. The SBA will also assign your business concern a Business Opportunity Specialist. This individual will be located at your local SBA district office defined within your letter and be your direct liaison for all 8a Program and contracting matters.
3. You will receive a letter congratulating you on your 8a Program approval along with a copy of the SBA Form 1010c (8a Business Plan) and Participation Agreement.