Small Business Programs & Advisory Services

BLOG: HUBZone Program Flexibility During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 31, 2020
By Jon Williams
In a webinar on March 25, 2020, officials with SBA's HUBZone Program showed that SBA understands the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak has created some unique challenges for HUBZone firms. Fortunately, SBA acted proactively to provide flexibilities to HUBZone firms that are struggling to maintain their principal office location and employees during this challenging time.

BLOG: 8(a) Contractors: To Suspend or Not Suspend In Light of COVID-19

March 25, 2020
By Meghan F. Leemon
If you are an 8(a) contractor, you may have received a notification from your Business Opportunity Specialist regarding a voluntary suspension due to the March 13, 2020 declaration of a national emergency concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. Covered below are considerations for 8(a) government contractors before they decide to suspend or not to suspend their participation in the 8(a) program.

BLOG: SBA Issues FAQs on New HUBZone Program Rules

February 21, 2020
By Megan C. Connor
Earlier this month, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued its answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the new rule changes to the HUBZone Program. These FAQs follow the December 26, 2019 effective date of the new HUBZone rules, and should be helpful for current and potential HUBZone firms.

BLOG: Top Priorities from SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza

January 20, 2020
By Antonio R. Franco
On January 7, 2020, the Senate confirmed U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza as the 26th Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). During her testimony before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Carranza listed a number of priorities she will bring to her role at SBA. Below are notable priorities that may impact small businesses and/or government contractors.

BLOG: The Implications of SBA's Proposed Rule Changes for Tribally Owned 8(a) Businesses

January 8, 2020
By Peter B. Ford and Emily J. Rouleau
SBA recently published a proposed rule that would merge its mentor-protégé programs and amend many of its rules governing the 8(a) program. Our firm's managing partner, Pam Mazza, recently explained the rule's significant implications for the government contracting community. In particular, SBA's proposed rule would make a number of changes to the 8(a) program and regulations applicable to tribally owned 8(a) businesses. Pam and Peter will be attending a tribal consultation meeting in Oklahoma City on January 16, 2020 where tribes and ANCs can weigh in on the changes SBA is proposing. In advance, we have highlighted a few of the proposed changes that may benefit these firms.
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