Simplified Contracting with MESMO Inc. Using the SBA 8(a) Program
ACCELERATE THE CONTRACTING PROCESS WHILE REDUCING EFFORT AND COST
What is the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Program?
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program was designed to simplify the federal procurement process for certified business participants, such as MESMO. The 8(a) Program was developed to enable federal government Program Managers to save time, effort and cost in the procurement process and to protect the interest of small business concerns. Overall, this program serves to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
With projects up to $4million, the 8(a) Program allows for direct contracting without lengthy competitive process. This allows a project to begin in a timely manner. In speeding up the process, time sensitive projects can get started in days instead of months.
Why use an 8a Contract vehicle?
Choosing MESMO allows your organization to work directly with a company that is both experienced and efficient in consulting to develop and implement business, professional, scientific, and technical services initiatives. The benefits of using an 8a contract vehicle include:
• Significantly faster procurement process – start the project in days instead of months
• Lower overhead costs – working with smaller businesses
• Streamlined approach to the project – due to reduction in bureaucracy
• Ability to procure both goods and services
How to Use an 8a Contract
Following are the steps to use the SBA 8a Program to work with MESMO (as defined in the Code of Federal Regulation, Title 13, Chapter I):
Step 1: Define scope of project (Sec. 124.502(a)).
Step 2: Send letter of intent to SBA district officer (Sec. 124.502(b)).
The written acceptance letter to award procurement to MESMO should be sent to Ms. Johnell Ray, our Business Opportunity Specialist (BOS) at SBA via email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact her directly at: (410) 962-6195 x353. Please include the following in the letter:
• A description of the work to be performed
• An estimated period of performance
• The NAICS code that applies to the principal nature of the acquisition
• The anticipated dollar value of the requirement, including options, if any
• The type of contract to be awarded, such as firm fixed price, cost reimbursement, or time and materials
• Identifications of any specific Participant (MESMO) that the procuring activity contracting officer nominates for award of a sole source 8a contract, if appropriate, including a brief justification for the nomination, such as one of the following:
o The Participant, through its own efforts, marketed the requirement and caused it to be reserved for the 8a Program
o The type of contract to be awarded, such as firm fixed price, cost reimbursement, or time and materials
o The acquisition history, if any, of the requirement.
Step 3: SBA accepts offer within 2 days for contracts valued at or below $4M and when above $4M, 3 to 10 days of receiving letter of intent (Sec 124.503(a)).
Step 4: Either an SBA delegated contract or a three-party agreement is signed within 3days of receipt (Sec 124.508(a-c)).
Questions or Comments
Please feel free to contact MESMO Inc. using the contact information below with any questions or comments.