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    Need Help Writing SBA 8a Disadvantage Narrative

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      Are you wondering where do you begin?


      SBA 8(a) Overview - Get to
      know the basics about the SBA 8(a) program. Is your business eligible for SBA 8a status? Go to
      the website, do a search for SBA 8a, view the online video and take
      the short assessment to get immediate feedback.

      Here are tips to help
      you successfully apply for SBA Certification.
      FYI, The government does not charge you to apply for this program. So
      what's keeping you from starting today? Before you can start to
      fill out your SBA 8(a) application you must be registered in four databases (in this order) It takes about a week to get all setup. They are:


      1. Employer
      Identification Number (EIN) - The EIN is a permanent tax number and can
      be used immediately for many business needs, including: opening a bank
      account; applying for business licenses and filing a tax return by mail.

      2. Business Registration - DUNS Number - Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) provides a unique nine digit
      identification number, for each physical location of your business.
      The D-U-N-S Number assignment is FREE and is a requirement to register
      with the US Federal government for contracts or grants. It can be
      created within 1 business day.

      Note: After you register with Dun &
      Bradstreet they will start calling or emailing you to signup for
      additional services. It is NOT necessary to sign-up for these services.
      It will NOT affect your ability to get government contracts.

      Central Contractor Registration (CCR) - To do business with the Federal
      government and to be certified under the 8(a) Program or as an SDB, you
      must register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database.
      CCR is a government-wide single point of vendor registration. CCR is a
      key aspect of streamlining and integrating electronic commerce into the
      Federal procurement process.

      Note: If you are a new registrant to
      CCR and/or updating your profile, expect a 24 to 72 hour waiting period
      before you can access to the SBA 8(a) application.

      4. General
      Log-in System (GLS) - SBA supports a single log-in point for all
      services called the General Log-in System. It will take about three
      days for your login information to be available. Recommendation: While
      you are waiting for the registrations to become active, go ahead and
      start writing your narrative.

      The application takes time, but is do-able. However the social / economic disadvantage narrative is the most difficult part of the application. We have helped hundreds of small
      business owners across the nation in the past two years to successfully prepare their social disadvantage
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      In fact, using our service, it takes a two hour time phone interview committment. You don't even have to pick up a pen to get your narrative completed within 3-5 business days. Questions? Visit: