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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Mainbrace: September 2016 (No. 4)

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the commuter trains are a bit more crowded, and everyone is back from their holidays, hopefully refreshed and ready to get back down to...more

Recent Changes to the 8(a) Program Application Process

“They’re asking for what?” This is a not-so-uncommon response from small businesses applying to SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program (“8(a) Program”), which is notorious for the amount of information – and paper – that...more

Mainbrace: September 2016 (No. 4)

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the commuter trains are a bit more crowded, and everyone is back from their holidays, hopefully refreshed and ready to get back down to...more

Is the SBA’s 8(a) Minority Business Development Program Constitutional?

The constitutionality of small business programs has been a significant topic of debate over the past few years. The U. S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently upheld the constitutionality of the Small Business...more

Tech Projects, LLC Denied Fee Recovery Under EAJA

The Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals recently denied a contractor’s application for attorney fees and expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act Although denial of a petition for attorney fees under EAJA is...more

Fall 2016 SBIC Debenture Coupon Rates Remain at Historical Lows

In September 2016, the SBIC Funding Corporation completed a pooling of SBA debentures in the amount of $992,955,000. The SBA debentures have a coupon rate of 2.051 percent. This most recent pricing reflects a decrease from...more

New Opportunities For All: SBA Expands The Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs

On July 25, 2016, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released a much-anticipated Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs Final Rule that created a new expanded mentor-protégé program, modeled on the existing 8(a)...more

Registrations Under New Federal Crowdfunding Regulation

As of July 1, 2016, more than fifty crowdfunding campaigns have been registered under the new federal regulation crowdfunding rules effective on May 16, 2016. In contrast, over a two year period of time only fourteen...more

September 2016 Pooling Results in All-Time Record Low SBIC Debenture Rate

The September 2016 pooling of Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”) debentures resulted in an annual interest rate pricing of 2.051%, which sets a new all-time record low rate for SBIC debentures. The previous record low...more

How Can My Unpopulated Small Business Joint Venture Get a Clearance?

When the SBA issued its final rule concerning its new Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs, it adopted a major change for 8(a) and small business joint ventures: no more populated joint ventures. Instead, the rule provides...more

SBA Will Begin Accepting Applications for the New Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program on October 1, 2016

Late last month, SBA published its final rule establishing a government-wide mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns called the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. The rule is set to become effective on August...more

SBA Office of Advocacy to host Sept. 14 roundtable on CFPB payday loan proposal

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy will host a roundtable in London, Kentucky on September 14, 2016 on the CFPB’s proposed payday loan rule. As the Office of Advocacy is an independent office within the...more

SBA Final Rule on Mentor-Protégé Programs for All Small Businesses Becomes Effective

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a long-awaited final rule establishing a new, expanded mentor-protégé program that will allow all types of small businesses to qualify as protégés, while retaining, but slightly...more

The SBA’s Two New Recertification Rules

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has issued two more regulations that will require that small businesses recertify their size when they engage in a merger and/or acquisition (“M&A”). The regulations, published in...more

Five Recent Developments In Small Business Contracting Small and Large Government Contractors Should Know

While acquisition reform has garnered a great deal of attention in Congress and the Federal Executive Branch, small business contracting statutes and implementing regulations are significantly altering the federal acquisition...more

4 Steps For Avoiding FCA Traps For SBA Lenders

Recent U.S. Department of Justice enforcement and qui tam suits demonstrate that Small Business Administration lenders face increasing risk of liability under the False Claims Act. This article provides an overview of SBA...more

Understanding SBA's New Government-Wide Small Business Mentor-Protege Program

OVERVIEW - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program - Mechanics - Eligibility - Compliance Requirements - Application - All Small Business Joint Ventures - Other Important Rule Changes...more

SBA Proposes Updates to Business Loan Programs

The Small Business Administration (SBA) on Tuesday published a proposed rule that would amend requirements in four of its business loan programs in order to increase participation among eligible entities. The agency announced...more

Legal Landscape Special Edition: SBA Rolls Out Major Small Business Changes

Welcome to a special edition of the 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...more

Changes to the SBA Regulations Change the Face of Small Business Government Contracting and Create New Opportunities for Both...

On July 26, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued extensive amendments to its regulations to implement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for...more

Small Businesses, Big Opportunities – Recent SBA Expansion of the Mentor-Protégé Program

Effective August 24, 2016, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) will fulfill the mandates of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (“NDAA 2013”), which...more

Best in Law: How a Business Owner Can Weigh Buying vs. Leasing

Making an investment in real estate can be a valuable long-term venture for business owners – one that can continue to generate revenue even if a business moves on or is sold. Originally published in Riverside...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2016

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs - The SBA is amending its regulations to the HUBZone Program. The amendments: (1) authorize Native Hawaiian Organizations (“NHO”) to own...more

Coming Soon to a Federal Agency Near You... An Expanded Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program

New Small Business Administration Rules Will Increase Eligibility for Large and Small Businesses to Bid Jointly on Set-Aside Contracts, but Not Without Greater Competition - The U.S. Small Business Administration’s...more

New Mentor-Protg Program Opens a New Avenue for Both Large and Small Businesses in the Federal Government Contracting Space

On Monday, July 25, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a Final Rule creating its long-anticipated mentor-protégé program. The Final Rule establishes a “universal” mentor-protégé program, modeled on an...more

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