U.S. Small Business Administration approves APC subsidiaries for 8a program

May 18, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Wetaviq Universal Services LLC and Talarik Research & Restoration Services LLC to participate in the 8a Business Development Program.

The 8(a) Program — named for Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act – is designed to assist small disadvantaged businesses, including firms owned by Alaska Native Corporations to compete in the marketplace. It is also designed to assist such entities in gaining access to federal and private procurement markets.

The primary focus of the program is to provide business development support, such as mentoring, procurement assistance, business counseling, training, financial assistance, surety bonding and other management and technical assistance to qualified firms. The ultimate objective, however, is to prepare small disadvantaged firms for procurement and other business opportunities.

Through the award of sole source and set-aside contracts, the 8(a) program provides market access and growth for qualified small businesses.