SBA Small Business Certifications: 8(a), HUBZone, and WOSB Application Workshop

SBA Small Business Certifications: 8(a), HUBZone, and WOSB Application Workshop


During this detailed session, we review three of the certification programs within Federal contracting – the Woman-Owned Small Business Set-Aside program, the HUBZone program, and the 8(a) Business Development Program. For all three programs, we discuss the eligibility criteria; the programmatic benefits for participants; and the process to pursue the certification.


8(a) Business Development Program is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market.



  • Participants in the 8(a) business development program can receive sole source contracts up to $4 million for goods and services and $7 million for manufacturing.

  • The federal government has a goal of awarding 5% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to 8(a) firms.


SBA’s HUBZone Program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.



  • 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities.

  • The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns.


SBA’s WOSB Program is designed to help more women owned small businesses to win federal contracts by providing a level playing field for WOSBs to compete.



  • The federal government has a goal of awarding 5% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to WOSB firms.

  • The program is a self-certification program through SAM.


Pre-registration is required as seating is limited.


Parking is not validated by SBA. There is parking available in the Griffin Towers parking structure. Current rate is $5 per hour with a $17 maximum daily charge. There is very limited parking outside of the structure.


Contact: Sandra Anguiano, 714.560.7446, sandra.anguiano@sba.gov

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