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 August 1, 1999

SBA plans changes for certification of small, disadvantaged businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that qualified companies can continue to self-certify their small, disadvantaged business (SDB) status while seeking subcontracting opportunities on federal projects.

Effective Oct. 1, however, those firms must obtain formal certification from the SBA if they or the prime contractors they work with expect to get the contract evaluation credits reserved for SDBs.

Last fall, President Clinton’s administration instituted a program that provides SDBs seeking prime federal procurements a price evaluation adjustment of up to 10 percent for contracts in selected industries — those that still reflect the effects of earlier discrimination.

To qualify, the SDB must receive formal certification from the SBA and be listed in the agency’s online database, PRO-Net.

The subcontracting phase of the SDB program started Jan. 1. It involves only selected industries, the same ones eligible for the price credit.

SBA regulations adopted last year allow non-minority applicants seeking SDB status to meet a revised standard for establishing social disadvantage. Until those regulations were adopted, non-minority candidates had to prove a pattern of social disadvantage with “clear and convincing” evidence.

Call (800) 558-0884 or visit the web site at http://www.sba.gov/sdb

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that qualified companies can continue to self-certify their small, disadvantaged business (SDB) status while seeking subcontracting opportunities on federal projects.

Effective Oct. 1, however, those firms must obtain formal certification from the SBA if they or the prime contractors they work with expect to get the contract evaluation credits reserved for SDBs.

Last fall, President Clinton’s administration instituted a program that provides SDBs seeking prime federal procurements a price evaluation adjustment of up to 10 percent for contracts in selected…

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