C2 North is an expert on the many Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) small business programs. We have extensive experience in navigating the complex application and recertification requirements for programs such as the:
- SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
- SBA Small Disadvantaged Business Program
- HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program
- DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
- Mentor-Protege Programs
- Indian Incentive Program
C2 North specializes in guiding our clients through the application process and we adeptly assist our clients with:
- Program evaluation and recommendations
- Program benefits, regulations, and compliance
- Procurement advantages
- Board of Directors and staff training
- Joint-Venture Submittals
- Mentor-Protege Applications
SBA Certification Eligibility Requirements
As a courtesy to prospective C2 North clients we have included a brief summary of SBA and DOT programs below.
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
The SBA 8(a) program is designed to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the U.S. economy through business development. The program benefits the client as well as the contractor by providing small disadvantaged businesses with:
- The ability to pursue and award sole-source procurements.
- Limited-competition opportunities in the government arena.
- Ensuring the client that bonding, insurance, and other legal requirements are met.
Through sole-source contracts, businesses are given an opportunity to enter the government- contracting arena and gain the experience necessary to compete in the full and open market. Competitive bidding on limited opportunities allows 8(a) contractors to gain valuable experience in various market arenas.
Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and their subsidiaries are eligible to receive sole-source contracts greater than $3 million dollars. Per 13 CFR 124.506(b), ANCs are exempt from competitive threshold limitations. ANCs are also exempt from the $100 million total limit on competitive and sole-source contracts as outlined in 13 CFR 124.519(a).
SBA 8(a) Program website
Regulations governing 8(a) Program
SBA Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Program
SBA's Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) program was discontinued in 2008. Businesses now self-certify their status as a small disadvantaged business and mark their profiles in the Central Contractor Registration with this designation.
SBA HUBZONE Empowerment Contracting Program
The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas.
SBA HUBZone website
DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
The DOT DBE Program assists small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including minorities and women, in participating in contracting opportunities created by DOT financial assistance programs. Primarily three major DOT operating administrations are involved in the DBE program. They are the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. The DOT DBE program is carried out by state and local transportation agencies under the rules and guidelines in the Code of Federal Regulations. The main objectives of the DBE Program are:
- To ensure that contractors comply with DBE laws and requirements.
- To ensure that DBEs can compete fairly for federally funded transportation-related projects.
- To ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBEs.
- To assist DBE firms in competing outside the DBE Program.
DBE page on DOT website
DBE page on Alaska DOT website
DOT Alaska Unified Certification Program (AUCP)
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued regulations at 49 CFR 26.81 (Subpart E) requiring that all direct and indirect recipients of USDOT funding establish a Unified Certification Program (UCP). The purpose of the UCP is to provide a one-stop certification process for all businesses in each state seeking certification to participate in the USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.
The Alaska Department of Transportation began operating the AUCP in September 2002. Applicants only need apply once for a DBE certification, which will be honored by all Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) agencies in Alaska. (Note: AUCP certification does not apply to SBA certification programs.) The AUCP now serves as the centralized program for several state and local DBE certifications. Current AUCP participants include Alaska boroughs, municipalities, cities and airports.
Final Certification Brochure
SBA 8(a) Mentor-Protege Program
The SBA Mentor-Protege program enhances the capability of 8(a) participants to compete more successfully for federal government contracts. The program encourages private-sector relationships and expands SBA's efforts to identify and respond to the developmental needs of 8(a) clients.
Mentor-Protege page on SBA website
Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protege Program
This program was established to provide incentives for (major) DoD prime contractors (Mentors) to help SDB qualified organizations (Proteges) develop technical and business capabilities. The goal of the program is to assist Proteges to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards. Successful Mentor-Protege agreements provide a winning relationship for the Protege, the Mentor and the DoD.
Mentor-Protege Program page on DoD OSBP website
Indian Incentive Program (IIP)
The IIP provides for payment to the prime contractor of 5% on amounts subcontracted to a tribally owned organization or Indian-owned economic enterprise when authorized under the terms of the contract. DoD contracts that reference FAR 52.226-1, Utilization of Indian Organizations and Indian Owned Economic Enterprises, may be eligible for incentive payments under the program. Under these contracts, prime contractors are encouraged to provide the opportunity for Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises to participate in subcontracting.
IIP details on DoD OSBP website