Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is a United States federal agency established in 1953 by the Small Business Act. The SBA is dedicated to assisting and supporting small business and entreprenuers. The SBA... more +
The Small Business Administration is a United States federal agency established in 1953 by the Small Business Act. The SBA is dedicated to assisting and supporting small business and entreprenuers. The SBA carries out its mission through a variety of programs including providing financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities and armed forces veterans. less -
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SBA Submits Call for Early Stage SBIC Applicants

On February 2, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a Federal Register Call Notice (2016 Call Notice) inviting fund managers to submit preliminary materials in the form of the Management Assessment...more

Puerto Rico Supreme Court: Failure to Provide Safe, Private and Hygienic Area for Breastfeeding in the Workplace May Violate...

On January 25, 2016, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico held that employers in Puerto Rico should provide a safe, private, and hygienic place for working nursing mothers to extract breast milk during the nursing period as...more

SBA Issues Call for Early Stage Managers

SBA will generally evaluate applicants for Early Stage SBIC licenses using the same factors used for other SBIC applicants, but with a particular emphasis on the managers’ skills and experience in investing in early stage...more

SBA Issues Final Rule on ITVAR “Footnote 18” Exception

On January 26, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published in the Federal Register a final rule modifying the employee-based size standards for 36 industries and sub-industries that are not part of North American...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2016 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Employee Based Size Standards in Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) increased 47 small business size standards based on the...more

Women-Owned Small Businesses Can Now be Awarded Sole Source Federal Contracts

Effective December 31, 2015, contracting officers can make sole source awards to Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs). See FAR 19.1506. ...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Debenture Program

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

SBA Considers Public Comments on Proposed Size Standard Increases to NAICS Codes 562910 and 541519

According to the pre-publication, the SBA will adopt most of the proposed changes with two key exceptions. The SBA is not increasing the Environmental Remediation Services (“ERS”) exception under NAICS 562910 from 500...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2016 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Payment of Subcontractors - DOD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to implement the section of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 that requires...more

It’s Subcontracting Plan Review Season. Are You Prepared?

After subcontracting plan reports are due in October, SBA starts sending out letters to the firms selected for a compliance review. These letters start going out late in the year, with the compliance reviews scheduled for...more

The House Small Business Committee Releases a Spate of Small Business Legislation

On the heels of a GAO report calling for more leadership attention to be paid to SBA’s “management challenges,” a number of bills have been referred to the House Small Business Committee since the new year started, calling...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - 2016 Adverse Effect Wage Rates - Effective December 22, 2015, the Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor (Department) announced the 2016 Adverse Effect Wage Rates...more

Comments on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Proposed Rule to Amend the VA's VOSB Verification Program

Dear Mr. Leney: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced Proposed Rule, issued November 6, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 68,795, to amend the VA’s VOSB Verification Program. In our practice, we represent many...more

Notable Small Business Provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016

This is a brief summary of some of the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will affect small businesses. Definitely a nutshell version of the NDAA, which is published online, and a tad more...more

SBA Seeks Comment on WOSB Certification Process

Today, SBA released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, which will amend the WOSB Program certification process. In the 2015 NDAA, Congress directed SBA to end self-certification for WOSBs and EDWOSBs and implement a...more

SBA Decision and Large Business Industry Comments on Lower Tier Small Business Subcontracting Plans

This update will briefly review a SBA decision enforcing an affiliation rule as well as a review of the Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations letter/comment to the SBA regarding the SBA’s proposed rule to give...more

Small Business Subcontracting Plans: End of Year Roundup

If you have been following the latest news on subcontracting plan requirements, you will know that the landscape has been rapidly shifting over the past year. In response to various statutory mandates from Congress, both SBA...more

Small Business Goodies in the National Defense Authorization Act

Often the House and Senate Small Business Committees utilize the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to effectuate changes for small business. The NDAA must pass each year, so it is a useful vehicle upon which to...more

Timing Matters, Not Just Size When Protesting Long Term Contracts

Operating in a very competitive market, many small businesses are increasingly filing size protests to eliminate competitors against which they have lost contracts. These protests are not only filed on small business set...more

Legal Landscape: Top News in the Mentor-Protégé Program, Bond Claims & DBE Fraud

Welcome to the third edition of Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in government...more

Additional Changes Concerning VOSB/SDVOSB Verification?

It’s been an eventful November for the Federal Government’s VOSB/SDVOSB programs. First, the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) issued a proposed rule outlining changes that would drastically change the manner in which...more

OHA Clarifies Non-Manufacturer Rules For Procurements Conducted Under Simplified Acquisition Procedures

Last month, the SBA Office of Hearing and Appeals (“OHA”) issued a decision which has clarified that, as in the past, for procurements conducted under simplified acquisition procedures, offerors who wish to qualify as a small...more

VA Proposes Significant Changes to Its VOSB/SDVOSB Verification Program

On November 6, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a proposed rule amending its regulations governing the VA’s verification program for veteran owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran owned...more

SBA Size Protest Reminds Us That There is an Exception to Every Rule

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) recently issued a favorable decision on behalf of a firm client in a size determination case, and we wanted to share information from that decision with you. While the decision is...more

No Good News for Small Businesses in Recent GAO Decision

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a decision in the matter of FedServ-RBS JV, LLC, B-411790, October 26, 2015, that offers little assurance for small companies seeking to form SBA-approved joint...more

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