SBA 8(a) Certification

What does 8(a) certification mean?

As an 8(a) business, Ardent Technologies, is a small business owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are also American citizens. The Small Business Administration has vetted Ardent to ensure it has good character and a demonstrated potential for business success. Ardent has the welcoming environment of a small business and the stability of a larger organization.

Advantages of contracting with an 8(a) business:

  • Government agencies can make an award for goods and services without going through RFP process.
  • Government agencies can award $4 million for each project.
  • Sole source awards cannot be protested.
  • 8(a) businesses can form joint ventures and teams to bid on contracts, enhancing the ability to successfully bid for and perform larger opportunities.
  • The direct award process takes days versus many weeks to months using the traditional process

Process for 8(a) procurement

  1. Send Ardent SBA representative provided below a letter of intent
  2. Send Ardent the scope of work
  3. Receive and review Ardent’s proposal
  4. Make the award

POC for ARDENT

Mr. Ron Hartke
Phone: 937-312-1345
Email: ronhartke@ardentinc.com

For more information on 8(a) program, please visit

https://www.sba.gov/contracting/government-contracting-programs/8a-business-development-program/about-8a-business-development-program

SBA Representative for ARDENT

Jill Nagy-Reynolds
Business Opportunity Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration
Columbus District Office
614-469-6860 ex. 276