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 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.


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.

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