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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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Government Contracts: Advantages for Small Business Concerns

Linda McMahon, former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, was confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2017, to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA). It’s expected her work will revolve...more

Identity of Interest Affiliation: Everything You Need to Know

If your company pursues small business set-aside contracts, either as a prime contractor or as a subcontractor, you have to prepare for the possibility of a post-award size protest alleging affiliation. Once the protest is...more

New SBA Initiative Uses Global Impact Rating System for Private Funds, Companies

On Dec. 20, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a new initiative with the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS). GIIRS, a product of nonprofit B Lab, evaluates the operational and business...more

Keep an Eye Out for Identity of Interest Affiliation

Anyone who does business with a small business government contractor will always want to be aware of any potential bases for affiliation that might arise. However, the so-called “identity of interest” affiliation, as...more

How to Qualify as a Women-Owned Small Business

Last year, we wrote about the opportunities available to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. There are also programs available to provide similar advantages to women-owned businesses. One such program is the...more

It’s a New Year, Are You Still a Small Business?

It is a new year, and this is the perfect time for a small business to consider whether it still qualifies as a small business. We recommend that small businesses assess their size at least once a year. Because eligibility...more

SBA Delays Rule on SBIC Passive Business Financing

On January 26, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published a Notice, delaying the effective date of a recent Final Rule that was set to modify SBA’s regulations on the ability of a small business investment company...more

SBA Changes the Game

On November 22, 2016, the Small Business Administration released SOP 50 10 5(I) (the "SOP"), which is administrative speak for new standard operating procedures affecting loans to businesses involved in franchising. The...more

SBA Adopts Final Passive Business Rule Impacting BDCs with SBIC Subsidiaries 

On December 28, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the final version of the Passive Business Rule (the New Rule) under § 107.720 of the small business investment company (SBIC) regulations. Among other...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Program Participation by Unleveraged Funds

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

UPDATE: SBA Clarifies Profit Percentages for Joint Ventures under the Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program

As previously reported, on July 22, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a final rule establishing a government-wide mentor-protégé program encompassing all small business concerns....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2017 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2006-95 - This Federal Acquisition Circular provides a summary presentation of final rules issued by the Department of Defense...more

SBA Increases Leverage Available to Family of SBIC Funds

On Dec. 28, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) amended Section 521 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act to increase, from $225 million to $350 million, the maximum amount of leverage available to two or more...more

New Year brings new SBA financing rules

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a supportive, albeit imperfect, partner in helping franchisees obtain financing and thus helping franchise systems grow. Among other things, the SBA guarantees a significant...more

Lower Tier Small Business Subcontracting Plan Credit Finally In Sight

Right before the tail end of 2016, SBA delivered its long-awaited Final Rule regarding lower-tier small business subcontracting plan credit. Implementing directives initiated by Congress in the 2014 National Defense...more

SBA Corrects Discrepancy in Small Business Joint Venture Rules

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a technical correction to its July 25, 2016 final rule regarding the new mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns to address an...more

SBA Expands and Clarifies Ability of SBICs to Finance in Passive Businesses

New SBA rule affects the holding company and the blocker corporation exceptions for SBICs’ financing passive businesses. On December 28, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a Final Rule modifying its...more

Investing in Small Businesses Through SBA’s SBIC Program

We work with many firms that have or would like to invest in small businesses. One of the biggest issues for an investor in a small business is the potential that the investment will create an affiliation between the investor...more

The New SBA Addendum

Effective January 1, 2017, any franchisor that wants to offer SBA guaranteed financing for its franchisees will use a single, two-page form addendum. In a notice issued just before Thanksgiving, the SBA announced that it...more

Mentor-Protégé Joint Venturing: Friend or Foe?

With the arrival of the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, the question of how to structure teaming relationships has come to the forefront of many contractors’ minds. This is especially true because companies in approved...more

Trump Taps Linda McMahon to Lead SBA

On December 7, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced he will nominate former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon as the head of the Small Business Administration. McMahon, 68, is the former CEO of the WWE,...more

SBA Delegates SBIC License Application Review Authority

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) formally announced on December 5 that it has delegated authority to the Agency Licensing Committee to review and recommend applications for approval to operate as Small Business...more

NDAA Makes Changes to the SDVOSB Programs and Authorizes GAO Jurisdiction to Hear Task Order Protests

Congress often includes provisions dealing with small business programs in its annual National Defense Authorization Act. 2016 was no exception. This year, In Section 1832, Congress has attempted to provide some...more

Final FAR Rule Proposed for Small Business Set-Asides on Multiple Award Contracts

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published a proposed rule aimed at finalizing regulations for small business set aside contracts in multiple award procurements. The new rule allows more...more

Considerations When Choosing a Mentor or Protege Under the SBAs Programs - Set-Aside Alert

When the U.S. Small Business Administration amends its regulations in August 2016 to establish a mentor-protégé program for all small businesses, it included provisions that limit the number of mentors a small business can...more

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