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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 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 -

Contractors: Be on the Lookout to Challenge Unreasonable Agency Procurements

by Polsinelli on

Since government agencies are given substantial discretion in creating solicitations and evaluating proposals, contractors are frequently at a disadvantage in identifying and challenging improprieties. But that discretion is...more

Control is a Key Element in Determining Affiliation for SBA Small Business Size Determination

by Polsinelli on

The most common reason for contractors failing to meet the Small Business size standards set by the Small Business Administration (SBA) is because they are found to be affiliated with other companies, such that one company...more

Understanding the Extended Surviving Spousal Protections for SDVOSBs

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

A surviving spouse, who is not a Service-Disabled Veteran, must satisfy specific criteria in order to continue running a company as though it remained a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (“SDVOSB”). This right is...more

SBA Further Delays Rule on SBIC Passive Business Financing

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The rule has been further delayed to enable SBA to consider further the rule's impact on the SBIC program and its participants, and to make necessary determinations regarding the rule’s effects on SBAs examination and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses.” Small Business Administration Press Release, March 16, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.sba.gov. Administrator Linda...more

SBA Size Standards Under the Microscope

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SBA's size standards are one of the agency's most important metrics. The size standards draw a bright line between small and large businesses for each industry by NAICS code. A firm that is below the size standard for its...more

Government Contracts: Advantages for Small Business Concerns

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

Keep an Eye Out for Identity of Interest Affiliation

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

by Varnum LLP on

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?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

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

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

by LeClairRyan on

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?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

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

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