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SBA “Contemplates” Consolidating 8(a) and All Small Mentor-Protégé ProgramsThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently issued a notice in the Federal Register stating that it “is contemplating making substantive changes to the regulations” governing the 8(a) Business Development program, and that it “requests comments and input on how best to reduce unnecessary or excessive regulatory burdens” on the program.

Of particular importance, the SBA states that the “planned rulemaking contemplates consolidating the All Small Mentor Protégé Program and the 8(a) Mentor Protégé Program into one program and possibly eliminating SBA’s role in approving joint venture agreements for 8(a) competitive contracts.”

The SBA further states that it is contemplating an “amendment” to its regulations that “would allow mentors participating in SBA’s mentor protégé program to have more than three protégés at one time.” The SBA goes on to state, however, that it “is concerned that allowing a large business mentor to have additional protégé firms at one time could permit them to unduly benefit from small business contracts, through joint ventures with their protégé firms, which they would otherwise not be eligible for.” Nevertheless, the SBA “is seeking comments on whether lifting the current regulatory limit would benefit small businesses and further the programs’ purpose.”

If you have any questions about the proposed changes to the SBA’s regulations, or about any other related issues, please do not hesitate to contact Aron Beezley.

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Year-End Report: Fast Figures Small and Large Businesses Need to KnowThe Small Business Administration (SBA) started accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) in October 2016, but SBA has seen a surge in applications in 2017.

Under the ASMPP, any small business—including Historically Underutilized Business Zone (or HUBZone) small businesses, 8(a) small businesses, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs/SDVOSBs), woman-owned and economically disadvantaged woman-owned small businesses (WOSBs/EDWOSBs)—may enter into an agreement with a large business under which the large business will provide mentorship and assistance. In return, the large and small businesses are permitted to joint venture to perform federal small business set-aside contracts.

Previously, we provided a mid-year report on fast figures about the ASMPP that both large and small businesses need to know. Here is our year-end update to those figures:

356  SBA reports that, as of Dec. 1, 2017, it has approved 356 different ASMPP agreements.
1,116 As of Dec. 1, 2017, there have been more than 1,116 views of the new SCORE-SBA ASMPP Webinar.
16 SBA reports that, as of Dec. 8, 2017, 16 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program participants transferred to the new ASMPP.
64 SBA reports that at least 64 of the 356 SBA-approved ASMPP agreements were approved under the protégé’s secondary—rather than primary—North American Industry Classification System (or NAICS) code.
72 SBA reports that, as of Dec. 8, 2017, 72 ASMPP applications were declined by SBA.
112 SBA reports that at least 112 of the ASMPP participants are 8(a) firms.
110 SBA reports that at least 110 of the ASMPP participants are SDVOSBs.
47 SBA reports that at least 47 of the ASMPP participants are HUBZone companies.
54 SBA reports that at least 54 of the ASMPP participants are EDWOSBs.
65 SBA reports that 65 of the ASMPP participants are small businesses without any other set-aside status.
42 SBA reports that ASMPP participants are based or incorporated in 42 different U.S. states/territories/districts.

If you have any questions about the ASMPP or any related issues, please feel free to contact Aron Beezley or Frederic Smith.

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Mid-Year Report: Fast Figures Small and Large Businesses Need to Know

The Small Business Administration (SBA) started accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) in October 2016, but SBA has seen a surge in applications in the first six months of 2017.

Under the ASMPP, any small business – including Historically Underutilized Business Zone (or HUBZone) small businesses, 8(a) small businesses, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs/SDVOSBs), woman-owned and economically disadvantaged woman-owned small businesses (WOSBs/EDWOSBs) – may enter into an agreement with a large business under which the large business will provide mentorship and assistance. In return, the large and small businesses are permitted to joint venture to perform federal small business set-aside contracts.

As a mid-year report, here are some fast figures about the ASMPP that both large and small businesses need to know:

229 SBA reports that, as of June 27, 2017, it has approved 229 different ASMPP agreements.
3900 SBA reports that, as of June 27, 2017, there have been more than 3,900 views of SBA’s online ASMPP tutorial.
9 SBA reports that, as of June 27, 2017, 9 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program participants transferred to the new ASMPP.
11 SBA reports that at least 11 of the 229 SBA-approved ASMPP agreements were approved under the protégé’s secondary – rather than primary – North American Industry Classification System (or NAICS) code.
28 SBA reports that, as of June 27, 2017, 28 ASMPP applications were declined by SBA. SBA also reports that at least 28 of the ASMPP participants are 8(a) firms.
35 SBA reports that at least 35 of the ASMPP participants are SDVOSBs.
17 SBA reports that at least 17 of the ASMPP participants are HUBZone companies.
6 SBA reports that at least 6 of the ASMPP participants are EDWOSBs.
9 SBA reports that at least 9 of the ASMPP participants are WOSBs.
27 SBA reports that ASMPP participants are based or incorporated in 27 different U.S. states/territories/districts.

If you have any questions about the ASMPP, please feel free to contact Aron Beezley or Frederic Smith.