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SBA Drive 8(a): Myths & Truths

Wed 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting

Contracting with the government can help you expand your business. The U.S. government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. To educate and assist entrepreneurs in becoming a client of the U.S. government, the SBA Tennessee District Office has launched Drive 8(a). Drive 8(a) is a regional dedicated to the success of 8(a) firms. The SBA Tennessee District team is committed to recruiting new firms in to the 8(a) Business Development Program (including firms located in HubZones, Opportunity Zones, Promise Zones, and minority, veteran, and women owned small businesses). You may be asking: √ Does my business qualify? √ If so, how do I get certification? √ Is 8(a) certification helpful? √ How long does 8(a) certification last? √ If I am 8(a) certified, does that guarantee me a federal contract? √ Can I be 8(a) certified if I am not presumed socially disadvantaged, e.g., Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian Pacific or Subcontinent Asian? Nashville, Tennessee Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director, LaTanya Channel, and SBA Business Opportunity Specialist, Kena Dixon, will help you uncover the myths and truths of becoming an 8(a) certified small business. Walk away with tangible next steps for your small business.

Speaker(s): Ms. LaTanya Channel, District Director of SBA Tennessee (Follow her tweets @SBA_Tennessee) || Ms. Kena Dixon, SBA Tennessee Business Opportunity Specialist

Co-Sponsor(s): KOSBE, Kingsport Chamber, TSBDC at ETSU Johnson City Center, U.S. Small Business Administration

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Caroline Jones - 423.392.8825;; 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660.

Fee: No Cost

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Kingsport Chamber of Commerce | KOSBE
Kingsport Chamber of Commerce | KOSBE
Eastman Board Room
400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100 Kingsport TN 37660