Understanding and Avoiding Affiliation for Small Business Government Contractors

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November 15, 2023 / 10:00 am ET

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The Small Business Administration’s affiliation rules are a key component of eligibility for small business set-aside programs. Indeed, affiliation with another business can cause your company to lose its small business status, which may lead you to lose a protest as well as a set-aside contract you invested considerable time and resources in pursuing. Loss of small business status due to affiliation may also impact your pursuit of SBA loans and could trigger an enforcement action from the federal government. Therefore, to ensure eligibility and maintain compliance, small businesses competing for small business set-aside contracts and SBA loans need to understand how affiliation arises under SBA’s rules—and how it can be avoided.

Join attorneys in PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group to learn:

  • the key elements of SBA’s affiliation rules;
  • common pitfalls that arise for small businesses; and
  • tips for avoiding or mitigating affiliation to protect your size status.