Our attorneys assist clients who qualify as small, small disadvantaged, minority-owned, women-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned and have their own challenges and opportunities. We advise companies on the availability of federal and state contracting and grant programs created to benefit small and disadvantaged businesses, including local technology incubator programs, SBIR funding opportunities, HUBZone and U.S. Small Business Administration programs.
At the state level, we help companies throughout the certification process to obtain WBE/MBE certifications. At the federal level, we assess clients' eligibility for small business incentives and guide qualified businesses through the SBA's 8(a) program from the application process through graduation. We advise clients on the self-certification and documentation process for other SBA small disadvantaged business programs.
Our attorneys are experienced in the drafting and implementation of small business subcontracting plans. On larger projects, we help establish joint ventures with 8(a) participation, including Mentor-Protégé Agreements under the SBA and other federal agencies. We actively advise our government contractor clients on issues of size, affiliation, certification, and mentoring issues, including NAICS size issues under set-aside contracts, small business issues in connection with teaming arrangements, and the effects of corporate acquisitions on small business qualification. When disputes arise, our attorneys initiate and defend size protests and represent clients before the Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals.