Why 8(a) Benefits?

About the 8(a) Program

The 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 8(a) Program is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society.

Non-Protestable, Direct, Sole-Source Awards

Contracting with a Tribal 8(a) firm like TACG provides a simplified and streamlined acquisition process that rapidly brings the right skills and experience to meet your organization’s needs. These contracting privileges also help improve Indian and Alaskan Native Village quality of life through creating jobs, providing better hospitals, and improving infrastructure. Additionally, federal agencies and federal contractors receive strong incentives to contract with tribal and Alaskan Native firms.

As a Tribal 8(a) firm, TACG is eligible to participate in contracting activities under the special rights defined by Section 450b (e) of title 25 U.S.C.

Client Benefits

  • Sole Source
    • Reduces workload demand on Government contracting and customer resources.
    • Enables limited Government contracting resources to focus on large acquisitions.
    • Enables Government to negotiate to a Government-budgeted number.
  • Meet small business goals (e.g., SB, SDB, 8[a]).
  • Small tribal companies positioned for success – backed by tribe or parent corporation.

Program Overview

  • Tribal 8(a)s are eligible for sole source awards of unlimited value (13 CFR 124.506[b]).
  • Acquisitions up to $20M can be done without justification & approval required by FAR 6-303, 6-304.
  • Award cannot be protested (13 CFR 124.517).
  • Direct negotiation with Tribal Company.