The SBA 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

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

Benefits of the 8(a) Program

The 8(a) certification qualifies your business as eligible to compete for the program’s sole-source and competitive set-aside contracts. The government authorizes sole-source contracts to 8(a) participants for up to $7.5 million for acquisitions assigned manufacturing North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and $4.5 million for all other acquisitions.


  • 8(a) firms are also able to form joint ventures to bid on contracts.
  • This enhances the ability of 8(a) firms to perform larger prime contracts and overcome the effects of contract bundling, the combining of two or more contracts together into one large contract.
  • Efficiently compete and receive set-aside and sole-source contracts
  • Pursue opportunity for mentorship from experienced and technically capable firms through the SBA Mentor-Protégé program

While we help 8(a) firms build their competitive and institutional know-how, we also encourage you to participate in competitive acquisitions.


Nativa Inc. SBA 8(a)  

SBA Rep: Jill Nagy-Reynolds


SBA 8(a) Entrance Date: 05/21/2016
SBA 8(a) Exit Date: 05/21/2026
UEI Number: P3GJJM99M3Y4
POC: Eric Diaz, Program Manager
Ph.: 650-530-6508