To offer visiting dignitaries vetted transportation in Miami and Doral, Florida, the federal government recently issued an all-call for certified 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program small businesses to apply by April 29 for a contract slated to begin Sept. 23.
Qualified business operators must be capable of operating a variety of heavy vehicles — weighing up to 12,500 pounds and carrying loads of up to 800 pounds — and possess a valid Florida driver’s license. Transportation principals will provide service for global ambassadors and government officials.
In order to be considered eligible for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) status, a business must be at least 51 percent owned, controlled and operated by underserved — or socially and economically disadvantaged — American citizens. Applicants must conform diligently to SBA regulations and are required to submit verifiable information during the application period.
Enterprises are subject to strict qualification rules and are required to submit a capabilities statement package consisting of basic contact information, company profile, experience and other details pertaining to the task schedule. Eligibility for 8(a) status is a one-time process; once approved, a company may not apply for a second time.
Owners must also demonstrate integrity of character with no criminal charges, convictions, judgments or indictments on their background records. Those on parole or probation are not eligible.