Eligibility Criteria and New Rules for SBA 8(a) Certification Program

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording available on April 6, 2023)
Date: March 28, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Steven Koprince, Govology Legal Analyst
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 1.5 ATCs
APTAC BOK: C.3 Representations and Certifications; C.17 Socio-Economic Programs

*Your registration includes access to the on-demand recording.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program offers unparalleled contracting opportunities, but the eligibility requirements are complicated and often misunderstood. In this webinar, Govology Faculty Instructor and Legal Analyst Steven Koprince explains the 8(a) Program eligibility requirements in plain English. If you’re thinking about applying to the 8(a) Program, or just curious what it would take to be admitted, this is the webinar for you.

After this webinar, you will:

  • Understand the 8(a) Program’s social disadvantage requirements, including how a business owned by an individual who is not “presumed” socially disadvantaged may still qualify.
  • Know the 8(a)’s economic disadvantage thresholds, which were adjusted in late 2022.
  • Understand what “unconditional ownership” means in the context of the 8(a) Program.
  • Understand how a business satisfies the “unconditional control” 8(a) Program requirement.
  • Be aware of, and avoid, common misconceptions regarding 8(a) Program eligibility.

Target Audience: Small business contractors eligible to apply for a Small Business Certification

Meet Your Instructor:

Steven Koprince

STEVEN KOPRINCE, Faculty Instructor and Legal Analyst at Govology

Steven J. Koprince is a Faculty Instructor and Legal Analyst at Govology. Before joining Govology, Steven founded and served as the Managing Partner of Koprince McCall Pottroff LLC, a law firm devoted exclusively to providing comprehensive legal services to federal government contractors.

Steven is the author of The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts (AMACOM Books, 2012) and a co-author of three GovCon Handbooks providing in-depth information on discrete government contracting topics. Steven also founded the blog SmallGovCon (smallgovcon.com), where he has written more than 1,100 posts on government contracting legal issues. Steven has been quoted in several national news outlets and has appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. A frequent featured speaker at the national conferences of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, Steven was honored as a “Friend of APTAC” at the Spring 2016 APTAC National Conference.

In addition to his work for Govology, Steven volunteers for and serves as a Director of a nonprofit organization providing wrap-around services to disadvantaged families. He is also a co-founder and Director of a nonprofit organization promoting the great sport of pickleball in Lawrence and the surrounding area.

Steven is a graduate of Duke University and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. Steven lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two children and two cuddly cats.

Steven welcomes PTAC counselors to contact him by email at skoprince@govology.com and connect with him on LinkedIn.


Mar 28 2023


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 28 2023
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm



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