We have two packages that provide 8a social disadvantage narrative help. A full-service package and a more cost-effective review service. Both packages are listed below.
Ez8a will send templates to you for you to gain an understanding of the format the SBA likes to see the 8a narrative formatted
and to jumpstart your rough draft. We will then review your draft for accuracy as well as provide feedback, commentary, edits and
suggestions to you along the way. We will then include your feedback from our review and assist in the finalization of your 8a social
In the rare occurrence the SBA requests additional information pertaining to your 8a narrative, Ez8a will assist you in answering these requests.
As you are most likely aware, on July 19, 2023 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee issued a ruling (Ultima Servs. Corp. v. Dep’t of Ag. (E.D. Tenn.)) affecting the 8a application narrative process for determining eligibility for SBA’s 8(a) Program.
Current 8a participants received additional communication from the SBA detailing that an 8a Socially Disadvantaged Narrative is now required to re-establish eligibility and be able to obtain Sole Source and Set-Aside Contracts. This has impacted all 8a participants and applicants moving forward.
Many 8a firms were able to show their eligibility through a presumption of social disadvantage status without an 8a application narrative. These groups were (Black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific, Subcontinent Asian, Native American presumed groups), other 8(a) firms were admitted to the 8(a) program because the qualifying owner/s established social disadvantage by a preponderance of the evidence (i.e., submitted a narrative as part of the original application). Those that have already established this social disadvantage through a prior 8a narrative will not need to do so again.
Those in which entered the program under the presumption, the 8a Social Disadvantage Narrative is now being required by the SBA as all current participants and applicants must provide this preponderance of evidence to establish that they are at a social disadvantage.
Current 8a participants who had more than one qualifying individual are required to have each disadvantaged individual submit an individual 8a social disadvantage narrative.
8(a) participants will need to establish social disadvantage only once for their program term, unless there are ownership/control or other changes which affect eligibility.
The SBA has made it clear that the current 8(a) firm will no longer be eligible to receive sole source contracts without the determination of social disadvantage status on file. Additionally, the SBA has stated that it could also impact competitive awards if the governing agency determines that they require the letter of confirmation for social disadvantage status. Therefore, it’s imperative that you have your 8a social disadvantage narrative completed at the earliest.
SBA must determine that the discrimination or bias experienced by an individual is chronic, substantial, and has occurred within American society (not within another country). Additionally, the discrimination must have negatively impacted your entry or advancement in the business world. The SBA in the 8a application narrative process requires TWO instances of this discrimination throughout your education, career, and/or time as a business owner. The instances must contain WHEN it occurred, WHERE it occurred, WHO (company name/individual names) that caused it, WHY it was considered an act of discrimination and HOW it impacted your advancement and/or caused an economic impact.