Business owners who will be served through this program include those exploring the options and benefits of becoming an:
- 8(a) participant ( Business Startup 0-2 years)
- Businesses who may be struggling to take full advantage of the program (Early 8(a) Stage 0-2 years)
- Business looking to grow and expand contracting opportunities (Middle 8(a) Stage 2-7 years)
- Current participants who are nearing the end of their eligibility (Mature 8(a) Stage 7-9 years) or have completed their eligibility (Post 8(a) participation) with the SBA 8(a) program who may need assistance in making the transition once their eligibility expires.
The NADC PTAC has over 10 years of experience with government contracting and PTAC specialists are well versed in providing a client with assistance in navigating and benefiting from government contracting in general, but are not 8(a) program experts. The PTAC staff will continue to be the initial point of contact for government contracting assistance and will become the primary referral source for 7(j) business participation. PTAC Specialists and staff will identify and refer candidates for business assistance to the NADC 7(j) Program Director for further action, including specialized training and one-on-one services.
- To be eligible for 7(j) services, a client must be:
- A socially and economically disadvantaged individual whose firm is a participant in the 8(a) Business Development Program
- A business that is eligible to receive 8(a) contracts; or a business which qualifies as small under 13 CFR subpart 121 – Small Business Size Regulations; and that is located in an urban or rural area with a high proportion of unemployed or low-income individuals, or which is owned by such low-income individuals.