8(a) Business Development Program

  • Robert E. Paoni, LRS,
  • S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • 3330 Ginger Creek Drive, Suite B East
  • Springfield, IL 62711
  • Phone: (217) 793-5020
  • Fax: (217) 793-5025
  • TDD: (217) 492-4418
  • Email:
  • Website: sba.gov

Purpose of the Program

This program provides management, technical assistance, financial assistance, business training, and counseling to 8(a) certified firms and businesses that are economically and socially disadvantaged, operate in areas of high unemployment or low income, or are owned by low-income people.

Who is Eligible

A small business must fit the definition of socially and economically disadvantaged, must fall within the SBA’s size standard as a small business, and must be 51 percent owned by a person or persons who are classified as socially and economically disadvantaged.  The owner or owners must also be engaged full-time in the daily operation and management of the business.

Application Process

Small businesses interested in the 8(a) program should contact their local district office to attend an informational session on the program.  An online 8(a) application is at http://www.sba.gov/8abd/.  Visit the same Web site for more information about the 8(a) program.

Availability of Funds

How Funds are to be used

Types of Assistance

Technical Assistance

Year Program was established