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Socio-Economic Categories | 8a & HubZone Certification Overview 6-30-21

Socio-Economic Categories | 8a & HubZone Certification Overview 6-30-21Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM- Eastern Standard Time

The federal government fully defines who qualifies for the 8(a) program—including what counts as being socially and economically disadvantaged.

The goal of the program is to help provide a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development program.

Disadvantaged businesses in the 8(a) program can:

  • Compete for set-aside and sole-source contracts in the program
  • Get a Business Opportunity Specialist to help navigate federal contracting
  • Form joint ventures with established businesses through the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program
  • Receive management and technical assistance, including business training, counseling, marketing assistance, and high-level executive development

The HUBZone program fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business zones with a goal of awarding at least three percent of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year.

The federal government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones. It also gives preferential consideration to those businesses in full and open competition.

Joining the HUBZone program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. HUBZone-certified businesses also get a 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.

HUBZone-certified businesses can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs they qualify for.

Join us to learn about each of these socio-economic programs and determine which opportunities may be right for your business.

Meeting Details

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM- Eastern Standard Time
Location: Web Conference (register to secure log-in/dial-in details)

General Registration & Fees

Fees for the meeting are as follows:

Upon completion of your registration, you will be provided with the meeting dial-in and log-in information.

[Government Agency, Large Prime Contractor, and Resource Provider Representatives (as approved by ASBCC) – Complimentary.]

Candice Miles 
Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist 
Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO) 
Small Business Administration (SBA) 

Candice Miles is one of the Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialists for the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO) of the Small Business Administration (SBA). In this role, she works to solve complex contracting issues in the 8(a) Business Development Program. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to helping create wealth through entrepreneurship and economic development in cities and countries across the world. In her previous roles, she has worked as an entrepreneur, a business professor, and a director with national non-profit organizations helping to spearhead entrepreneurship programs dedicated to empowering women and minorities in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Candice is pursuing her Doctorate degree from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in Taxation from American University.


Nick Rajpara 

Economic Development Specialist
Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO)
Small Business Administration (SBA) 

Nirav “Nick” Rajpara is an Economic Development Specialist at the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO). In this role, he collaborates with local SBA resource partners, including (public and private) economic development organizations and other stakeholders to develop, bolster and support informational initiatives that aid and assist small businesses and entrepreneurs across the Capital Region. In addition, he is the Program Manager for SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program (a CEO-level academy that guides small business leaders on how to scale and grow their operations). Nick also conducts site inspections for HUBZone-certified firms in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. He holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) from Pepperdine University. Nick’s Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of California, Riverside.