The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 636(j)(10) and 637(a)) establishes a business development program for small businesses known as the 8(a) Business Development program, which is authorized by Sections 7(j)(10) and 8(a). The goal of the 8(a) program
The 8(a) program is a government-sponsored business development and training program designed to help businesses compete in the American economy. Small companies owned by Alaskan Native corporations, Community Development Corporations, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations are eligible to participate in the 8(a) program. Various forms of management, technical, financial, and other services.
The SBA has partnered with several federal agencies to promote maximum participation in the 8(a) program, ensuring that all companies have equal access to government contracting opportunities. 8(a) program participants may qualify for federal contracting preferences and receive training and technical assistance to help them compete more effectively in the American economy once they have been certified.