SBA 8(a) Application Preparation

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The nation's preeminent team of SBA 8(a) program experts help you get 8(a) certified on the first try

Decades of Experience

We have decades of experience, including 27 years running the SBA 8(a) Certification Office.  Our understanding of the factors that influence your eligibility for the 8(a) program is unmatched.  If you need to submit an SBA 8(a) application that will succeed on the first attempt, you can count on our experts to support and guide you throughout the process.

Helpful Advice from the Experts

At ARA Consulting, LLC, we offer unique insights and unmatched expertise to help you get your certification. We are available to answer all of your questions and help your business navigate the complex application process. We are passionate about what we do and happy to offer our experience for your benefit.

Ready to learn more about how we can help with your SBA 8(a) application preparation? Learn more about our application assistance or reach out today to schedule a consultation. You can call us at (888) 440-5562 or fill out our online form to request more information and we will get back to you quickly.

8(a) Certification Eligibility 

The eligibility requirements for gaining SBA 8(a) program certification are complex.  And SBA's examination of each applicant's eligibility for 8(a) certification is detailed and rigorous.

In addition, due to a recent Federal Court ruling, SBA now requires ALL applicants (regardless of ethnicity) to prepare and submit in narrative form the details of their personal experiences of discrimination in order to establish their “social disadvantage”.  This is complex and must be done correctly.  Each applicant's circumstances are unique - no two cases are ever exactly the same.

Expert help is the key to success.

Experience counts more than any other factor

ARA Consulting is the most expert and experienced SBA 8(a) consulting practice in the nation.  We have seen every kind of eligibility issue imaginable.  Our decades of insider knowledge and insight are what make the difference between a successful 8(a) application and one that gets returned unprocessed - or denied.   

Put simply, if we take on your case, your firm will get its 8(a) certification on the first try.

Meet Our Top SBA 8(a) Program Experts

Joseph Donnini

Joe Donnini is the nation's preeminent expert on 8(a) eligibility.  He ran the SBA 8(a) certification and eligibility office for 27 years.  During that time, Joe personally reviewed more than 35,000 8(a) applications.  It was Joe who made SBA's approval or denial recommendation for each one. 

No one else in private practice even comes close to that level of inside knowledge and expertise.

Alanson Anderson

Alanson Anderson founded the practice.  He is the expert consultant with the nation's longest and most successful track record of assisting clients to obtain SBA 8(a) program certification. 

Since 1983 Alanson has helped a vast number of small disadvantaged businesses to overcome 8(a) application obstacles and gain access to billions of dollars in 8(a) program contracting opportunities.

No consulting practice in the nation has more expertise in matters of SBA 8(a) program eligibility.  Our two experts work as a team on every case we take on.  No case is ever assigned to junior or less experienced staff. 

Our team combines unmatched levels of experience preparing 8(a) applications with first-hand knowledge of how SBA analyses 8(a) applications and applies the 8(a) eligibility rules.  If you have a few eligibility obstacles, we will know if - and how - they can be successfully and legally overcome. 


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