1) Having exclusive access to sole source/non-competitive and competitive set-aside federal contracts. Sole source/non-competitive contracts will be available to your business concern for federal contracts with a total value up to $4 million for services and up to $5.5 million for manufacturing. Federal contracts for 8(a) Certified firms that have a total contract value of more than $4 million for services and more than $5.5 million for manufacturing must be competed but only against other 8(a) Certified firms.
2) Limiting your potential competition. The big guys (e.g. Lockheed Martin, Turner Construction, etc.) will not have access to these federal contracts. In addition, there are less than 10,000 certified 8(a) business concerns currently participating in the 8(a) Program in the entire U.S.
3) Making you attractive to a larger federal government prime contractor. Since a business concern that is not considered small by SBA does not have access to set-aside 8(a) contracts, you will be more attractive for teaming, joint ventures or mentor/protégé relationships.
4) Making it easier for your Federal client to purchase your products or services. 8(a) set-aside contracts require much less paperwork, time and bureaucracy. 8(a) contracts cannot be protested, only the size of the 8(a) participant can be questioned.
5) Getting you the contract/work faster. 8(a) contracts take much less time to be awarded than most other procurement methods.
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