Norcal PTACNorthern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center

8(a) Business Development Program Overview

8(a) Business Development Program Overview

Thursday, March 24, 2022 10:00am to 11:00am


***This webinar has been rescheduled for March 24th at 10 AM.***


The federal government's goal is to award at least 5% of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year.

Could this include your business?

If your small business is owned and controlled by socially or economically disadvantaged individuals, you may be eligible for a program that can help boost your success in the federal contracting marketplace.

The 8(a) Program, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), is a 9-year program that provides training and technical assistance to allow disadvantaged firms to strengthen their ability to compete in the American economy.

Participating in this program is a way for you to tap into special benefits in federal contracting – but how do you get started?

That’s where we can help.

In this webinar we will cover the following topics:

  • What is the 8(a) Program?

  • Who qualifies for this program?

  • How do you apply?

  • What challenges have companies run into with this program?

  • What opportunities does a company gain with the 8(a) Program?



Mary Jo Juarez, Procurement Specialist, Norcal PTAC

Mary Jo Juarez has extensive contracting experience as a former Contracting Officer for the Department of the Navy. She specializes in working with small businesses to help them understand and work through the maze of regulations and requirements in government contracting. Mary Jo is a "connector "of small businesses, agencies, and prime contractors; helping to establish relationships which benefit all parties.


Norcal PTAC

Northern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center provides no-cost government contracting counseling, bid matching, and training for businesses located in our 15-county service area in Northern California.


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