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Small Business Development and 8(a)

Last updated on September 24, 2021

The team at Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot specializes in advising clients on federal government programs and opportunities for small businesses. Programs exist for individuals and certain entities like Tribes and Alaska Native corporations that are thinking of starting new businesses as well as those running small or disadvantaged businesses. Our clients also include large businesses ready to collaborate, develop joint ventures and subcontract with small businesses on federal government procurements.

We understand that small businesses often have resource constraints, so we provide efficient, targeted services to meet the client’s specific needs. We pride ourselves on offering our clients personal attention, reliable responsiveness and practical legal advice. We strive to assist clients through the evolutionary process, from new and small businesses to more diversified and larger businesses.

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot’s small business government contracting group is known as one of the best in the country. The leader of this group, Jon M. DeVore, worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a district counsel for more than 13 years. We counsel clients regarding mentor-protégé relationships, joint ventures, and teaming agreements. We assist clients regarding SBA small business programs, such as the 8(a) Business Development program, HUBZone program, women-owned small businesses (WOSB), service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB), and minority-owned businesses. We also counsel clients regarding the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, which is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered by state governments.

Our attorneys also help companies and individuals determine whether they are eligible, how to apply, and what to do if the application is denied. For participants admitted to the 8(a) program, we provide advice about SBA’s continued eligibility requirements and answer questions about various SBA approvals that must be obtained by 8(a) participants.


Jon M. DeVore
Elisabeth H. Ross
Carissa Siebeneck Anderson