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SBA 8(a) program definition

What is the SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program? 
The SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program is an initiative to assist small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy. The first or developmental stage of participation is designed to help 8(a) certified firms overcome their economic disadvantage by providing personalized business assistance in expanding their business and fostering meaningful business relationships.

The second or transitional stage is designed to help participants become more effective in dealing with complex business deals (both public and private sector business) and to prepare them for post 8(a) program expansion and development. 
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