Archive for August, 2017

  • Public Policy
    Small Business Admin Building

    Policy Issue: SBA | 8(a) Deaf People are Denied Support to Start Businesses

    - by David Bahar

    Did you know that the small business administration, under their SBA 8(a) program, provides help to small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially or economically disadvantaged individuals?

    Benefits such as classes on how to start a business, how to file for taxes, how to manage employees, and how to write a business plan and secure loans are all provided.

    The 8(a) program also helps small business owners compete to win contracts with the Federal Government. But under current 8(a) regulations, businesses owned by people with disabilities do not get to participate or reap the benefits of this important program.

    To contact the SBA and ask that businesses owned by people with disabilities be allowed to benefit from the SBA 8(a) program, contact the SBA Office of Policy, Planning and Liaison at SBA’s Office of Policy, Planning, and Liaison. To learn more about the 8(a) program, visit this SBA webpage: SBA Business Development.