The 8a program is not designed for startup firms; the SBA fails new firms for “likelihood of success” issues frequently. A business must have filed at least one Federal Tax Return before the SBA will begin to consider the company for 8a certification.
The minimum timeframe therefore is approximately 12-16 months before any startup is ready to apply for 8a certification. If you are starting a new firm, and would like your firm to be able to submit a successful application in the minimum timeframe possible, ez8a can help.
Our managing partner will have a consultation with your firm to uncover any issues you currently have that may impede eventual 8a certification. Often times, mistakes made in starting up a business can delay an 8a application for over two years.
Obviously, this is a significantly longer period than the 12-16 months the firm would have waited had they consulted with a professional initially when setting up the business. Even a failed 8a application may not reveal all of the critical errors in your package that was submitted to the SBA.
We strongly suggest that if you are sincerely interested in applying for 8a Certification, now or down the road, you contact an ez8a consultant immediately.