Billions of contracting dollars are set-aside each year by state and federal agencies for award solely to small business concerns. The multi-billion dollar small-business contracting market includes construction, services, and manufacturing. BIS’s counsel have decades of experience advising clients on how to maximize their participation in the small-business market.
Small business set-asides allow for a reduced competitive field. Many small-business concerns with special certifications also capture contracts on a sole-source basis. The 8(a), Mentor-Protégé, HUBZone, Veteran-Owned Small Business, Small-Disadvantaged Veteran-Owned Small Business, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, and Woman-Owned Small Business Programs all require certification by various federal and state agencies. For qualified companies, certification allows them to negotiate sole-source awards and to strategic partnering with large and other small businesses to increase their experience and prospects. BIS regularly counsels clients throughout the certification process. Once certification is awarded, our attorneys also counsel clients on maintaining their special small-business status, changes in circumstances, teaming or joint venturing with other concerns, and all matters of compliance.