Minority or disadvantaged business? SBA 8(a) Program

The SBA's 8(a) Program provides mentoring, procurement training and management training to minority and disadvantaged businesses to help them compete for federal prime contracts. Eligible businesses must have been in business at least 2 years, be large enough to be able to fulfill a prime contract, and have services or products that the federal government obtains through bids.

Minority means Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian Pacific American, or subcontinent Asian American. If you are not within these groups but feel you are disadvantaged, you must describe how you are disadvantaged on the application.

Use this Suitability Tool to see if this program is appropriate for your business. For more information about the program, go to