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SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
In 1974 the Small Business Administration created the 8(a) Program in an effort to help minority and small disadvantaged businesses to compete for federal contracts with larger established companies. Government contracts can be awarded on a sole-source, non-competitive basis to eligible firms through the 8(a) program.
Why 8(a) contractors, such as Craig's Designs, Inc., are being utilized by federal buyers:
- Federal buyers are able to write contracts sole sourced with no competition. Contracts can be up to $5.5 million for manufacturing and $3.5 million for goods and services.
- Reduction in administrative time (faster awards). Contract award time is reduced by days/weeks.
- Less paperwork is needed before or after the award from technical POCís or contracting offices.
- Discussions between the 8(a) company (Craig's Designs, Inc.) and Government contractor/customer can be discussed by personnel regarding technical requirements before and during the actual preparation of the contract.
- 8(a) set aside contracts are preferred by most contracting offices when compared to competitive contracts.
- Each Federal contracting office has 8(a) contract requirements/goals to meet.
- With 8(a) sole source awards, contract protests are significantly reduced.
Click here for Craig's Designs SBA profile.
Department of Defense EMALL CONOPS
According to Department of Defense EMALL CONOPS, The DoD EMALL is managed and operated by the Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office (JECPO) and is a fundamental component of the Department of Defenseís overall acquisition reform and electronic commerce strategy.
The DoD EMALL shifts the acquisition paradigm away from repetitive small purchases to establishment of broad contractual arrangements that allow the Government Purchase Card (GPC) customer to place delivery orders against established contract vehicles. This strategy enables the DoD to leverage the Departmentís buying power through volume discounts and streamline the procurement process for commercial items.
Advantages of the Department of Defense EMALL:
- Assurance of compliance with Federal regulations by ordering against established contractual vehicles.
- MILSTRIP and GPC Cards can be used for payment
- Speedy & accurate checkout services
- Easy-to-use re-ordering capabilities
- Single point of purchase, search, compare, and order.
How-To Procedures for Purchasing Craig's Designs, Inc.
products on the
Department of Defense EMALL:
- Go to DoD EMALL at http://www.emall.dla.mil/ and Login. If you are a new shopper then you must first register.
- If you are purchasing using a GPC Card then you can search DoD EMALL for the desired product, select it and order right away.
- If you wish to purchase using MILSTRIP you must fax in a MILSTRIP form to the DoD EMALL help desk for authorization.
- Once you obtain this authorization, login in and begin shopping.
- Questions about Craig's Designs concerning DoD EMALL? Telephone us at (772) 283-5898 for assistance.
For more information Please contact DoD EMALL Customer Service by clicking here.
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