I have been thinking of starting my own minority 8a company for couple years, and I would like to to know the following:
What are the qualifications?
I was born in an Asian country and I am of Asian decent. I have been working for a DoD contractors such as SAIC, Northrop, and an 8a minority company since 2000. I have been with the Armed Forces Reserves and National Guard for more than 18 years (14years enlisted and 4 years officer) and plan to retire in six years. After completing my one-year mobilization, it has been difficult to find a job. I am unemployed and my wife is pregnant with our 3rd child; therefore, I think this is good time for me to start looking into it.
I am looking into starting my own contracting and primarily focus on a niche in the security area since DoD and other agencies are going from DITSCAP to DIACAP as mandated into the 8570. I have several years experience in DoD systems, network, and information assurance performing certifications and accreditation (C&A). I am currently working on my CISSP certification, a mandatory required for information assurance managers (IAM)
I found this link http://www.fedaccess.com/8(a)-sdb-minorities-women-disabled.htm showing the qualifications.
Where can I get assistance free or for-fee to get started?
http://www.startupnation.com/forums/1157/1/1 - Shonika provided great inputs.
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
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My company is 8a certified. I want to go after Federal Contracts using our 8a status. How do I start? We do IT staffing (contract, contract-hire, perm). I currently work with the State of CA and several counties. I know that the 8a certification will help us with Federal contracts but I do not know how to start that process and where to look. Can anyone offer some suggetions. We are also a small women owned business.