U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CERTIFICATION REGARDING LOBBYING Certification for Contracts, Grants, Loans and Cooperative Agreements The undersigned certifies, to the best of his or her knowledge
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Eddie: I would now like to formally begin today's webinar and interviews and here's Darrel [inaudible 00:00:06]. Darryl: Good afternoon and thank you Eddie. To all of you joining us today welcome and we appreciate you taking time today to join us. We have a lot of material to cover today. We're going to focus today on the common reasons that applications for the 8A program are declined and particularly why they are returned before processing. I'm joined today by Mr. Joe Demini. Joe is Chief of the Division of Certification and Eligibility in our office and the Office of Business Development in the Philadelphia Processing Center. Unfortunately, his counterpart in San Francisco couldn't join us today that's Ms. Teresa Tyhurst but these are two individuals that are important to those of you who are planning on applying and Joe's going to be with us today to give you some real expert input on preparing and submitting an 8A application. This is a follow on to the webinar we had last week where we talked about the eligibility criteria for the 8A program and particularly we also talked about the purpose of the program just to have a brief recap this we go to slide no. 4. We talked a little bit about what the business development program is all about and we talked ... To those of you who joined last week know that we talked about this program as being a business development program not a contracting program. We talked about it in the intent being to assists firms that are owned, operated, and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to enter the mainstream of the economy, continuing an equal flooding by providing access to critical resources, financial resources, access to technical and managerial resources, and important to most who apply to the program, access to federal contracting opportunities on a limited, competitive, and sole source basis. The objectives of the program is to help promote the business development of those concerns that are owned by eligible individuals and to promote their competitive viability. Eddie, if you could move over to slide 6. We talked a little bit last week about the eligibility criteria and on slide 7 we actually lists out the eligibility criteria where it's located in the Code of Federal Regulations 13 CFR 124 and we point to those things that are most critical to eligibility. You have to be a US Citizen. The business has to be small. It has to be owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Those individuals have to control the company. They must exemplify potential for a success. Then there are other criteria we looked at like good character, one-time eligibility and the fact that you are not delinquent or defaulted on any type of federal obligation whether it be your taxes or a loan, a student loan, a business loan, or whatever it might be. Slide 8, Eddie. What we're going to focus on today are the Top 10 Reasons why applications are returned or declined. We're going to...