SBA 8(a)

SBA 8(a) Business Development Program


Cronos is an SBA certified 8(a) Business Development Program participant. The 8(a) Program is a nine-year business development program that provides specialized business training, counseling, marketing, and technical assistance to small, disadvantaged businesses. The program assists firms by facilitating the award of sole-source and limited-competition contracts and by providing business development assistance. Federal customers can procure services under the 8(a) program using the following contracting mechanisms: sole source award; 8(a) competitive award with limited competition; and Basic Ordering Agreements. Contract types include firm-fixed-price, cost plus fixed fee, cost plus award fee, and time and materials.

Key features of the program include:

  • Ability to receive sole source contracts from federal agencies
  • $4.5 million for goods and services
  • $7 million for manufacturing
  • Limited competition opportunities set aside for 8(a) program participants
  • Utilization of joint venture agreements to pursue opportunities
  • Opportunity to participate in the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program

Additional Information

For more information on specific components of the program, please see SBA Standard Operating Procedure 80 05 3A. A copy of this SOP is available from the SBA at Additional information on using the 8(a) Business Development Program to obtain services from Cronos can be obtained by contacting the SBA San Diego District Office (619) 557-7250.

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