Aventura, FL (PressExposure) April 24, 2011 -- Practically every small to medium sized business today will attest that the days of easy and recurring sales are long gone; for now, it appears that buyers carefully scrutinize every purchase, and transactions seem to be subject to never ending negotiations. But against this backdrop there is a large robust market, a buyer with deep pockets, and that buyer is the Federal government; however, before businesses can transact with the Feds, they need to undergo certification. Economically disadvantaged African Americans, Hispanic, Native Americans, Asian Pacific, and subcontinent Asian Americans and in some cases women business owners may apply for 8a certification and the law offices of Kleiner & Cazeau, P.L. can help them obtain and maximize the use of their SBA 8a certification.
Businesses today face mounting challenges given the economic climate and the resulting increase in competition for a shrinking market base. Small to medium sized businesses face even greater hurdles, particularly because they lack some of the competitive advantages such as purchasing clout that their larger brethren enjoy. Even as the economy is beginning to awake from its long slumber, small to medium sized businesses are finding a changed philosophy with their target market. Buyers are more reluctant, and when they engage in transactions, they are deliberately on the lookout for leverage. Everyone wants more for less these days.
The silver lining for many businesses is that they will be forced to explore other markets for their products and services, and there is one huge buyer that seems to need all sorts of goods and services given the expansionist landscape of government today. The Federal government is a massive entity, and though the process may seem bureaucratic to many, once protocols have been established and sellers have been certified, transacting with the Federal government becomes smooth and almost routine, devoid of the constant haggling that characterizes most of the customer base of small to medium sized businesses. Certain economically disadvantaged members of society are afforded special opportunities through SBA 8a certification, an opportunity that many are beginning to explore.
There are countless opportunities offered by the Federal government to certified entities. These opportunities include, but are not limited to contracting opportunities, access to capital, management and technical assistance and more. With the Federal government investing billions into the economy, 8a certified SBAs are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the various initiatives that the government is currently undertaking. Entities with 8a certification are allowed to bid on and obtain contracts valued at $4 million for goods and services. Manufacturing contracts worth up to $6.5 million may also be secured. The one requirement for entities to bid on these types of contracts is that they be certified to transact with the Federal government, and certain economically disadvantaged members have a specific avenue to transacting with the Federal government, and that is through 8a certification.
"Our clients deal directly with an experienced 8a certification attorney who can help them secure their SBA 8a certification. Our experts can also serve in an advisory capacity to help clients with government contracts once they have been certified. Our government contract attorney is experienced in dealing in all facets of government contracts on the Federal, State and Local level," explains Jeff Cazeau of Kleiner & Cazeau, P.L.
I am experienced in helping small, minority and women owned businesses obtain government certifications such as the U.S. Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program and/or other Women/Minority Business Enterprise (M/WBE) certification programs through state, local and other certifying entities.