2015 Mississippi Statewide 8(a) Application and Destination HUBZone Conferences
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Mississippi e-Center @ JSU
1230 Raymond Road – Convention Hall
Jackson, MS 39204
8(a) Application Conference
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Destination HUBZone Conference
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Sign-in begins at 8:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., respectively)
In national and statewide efforts, SBA is seeking firms that may be eligible for its 8(a) and HUBZone Programs for two primary purposes: To increase applications and to expand the number and types of businesses certificated in these highly sought-after federal programs.
Did you know the federal government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services? In 2014, $213.2 million* in goods and services were purchased from Mississippi 8(a) and HUBZone certified small businesses. If you are interested in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development and/or HUBZone Contracting Programs being a key to your success, then these events are for you. These conferences are solely for Mississippi firms interested in certifying their business as 8(a) and/or HUBZone, as well as Mississippi HUBZone firms interested in recertification. In addition to other eligibility criteria, those pursuing 8(a) must be organized for profit, at least 51% owned/controlled/managed by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and in business for a minimum of two years. NOTE: The 8(a) Application Conference is not intended for current or previously certified 8(a) firms. Also, those pursuing HUBZone certification must have their principal place of business located in a designated HUBZone in Mississippi (click HERE to view the HUBZone map) must be organized for profit and meet the 35% minimum employee residency requirement in a HUBZone.
Attendees will have their questions answered by SBA 8(a) and HUBZone experts from HQ, Washington, DC who review/decide upon applications and appeals
Approved firms become eligible for 8(a) and HUBZone contract opportunities** (Max of $6.5 million for sole source manufacturing and $4.0 million for all other industries). Higher amounts for both 8(a) and HUBZone competitive projects
Mentor-Protégé Opportunities; Joint Ventures/Teaming Opportunities on contracts
24 Major Federal Buying Agencies have a 5% statutory contracting goal for SDB (8(a) qualifies as SDB automatically) and a 3% statutory goal for HUBZone
You cannot apply for 8(a) or HUBZone certification without a current SAM profile, DUNS number and GLS login password. Visit www.sam.gov, https://iupdate.dnb.com, https://eweb.sba.gov/gls/dsp_login.cfm or contact your local Mississippi SBA Office at www.sba.gov/ms for assistance on SAM, DUNS, and the SBA’s GLS login registration. Go to www.sba.gov/8a or www.sba.gov/hubzone for more information regarding SBA’s 8(a) and HUBZone programs.
SPACE IS LIMITED, SO PRE-REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!
8(a) Application Conference: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/jacksonmssbagov-7746052449?s=37419802
Destination HUBZone Conference: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/jacksonmssbagov-7746052449?s=38416250.
Click HERE for directions to the conference site.
Questions? Call the SBA Mississippi District Office at (601) 965-4378, ext. 17, 13, or 14
*Source: Federal Procurement Data System – Next Generation (FPDS-NG). **SBA does not guarantee contracts. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.