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Business Development Program Certification

  • 09-Jun-2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us on June 9th for a discussion with the SBA around providing a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, the federal government limits competition for certain federal contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development program.

The conversation will take place LIVE on our Facebook Page at 12pm on June 2, 2021. It will be followed by a Q&A Session. The video may be viewed following the event.

From managing a small city at age 22, to becoming a certified procurement professional, Dave Pinkosky has transitioned his business acumen to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Western Pennsylvania District Office as a business opportunity specialist. In his 16-year career with the City of Connellsville and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Dave assisted over 700 clients receive more than $900 million in government contracts. Now, he’s crisscrossing our 27-county footprint helping entrepreneurs and small business owners increase their revenues and cash flow through SBA’s numerous federal contracting opportunities.

Disadvantaged businesses in the 8(a) program can:

  • Compete for set-aside and sole-source contracts in the program
  • Receive counseling and guidance from 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

If you think you may qualify as a Small Disadvantaged Business and would like to learn more about the programs benefits and the application process, then please join us for this informative session.


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