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2015 Mississippi Statewide 8(a) Application and Destination HUBZone Conferences


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

And more!

You cannot apply for 8(a) or HUBZone certification without a current SAM profile, DUNS number and GLS login password.  Visit,, or contact your local Mississippi SBA Office at for assistance on SAM, DUNS, and the SBA’s GLS login registration. Go to or for more information regarding SBA’s 8(a) and HUBZone programs.


8(a) Application Conference:

Destination HUBZone Conference:

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.


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