Contracting as an SBA 8(a) Business

What does it mean to be an 8(a) business?

Many people aren’t sure what an SBA 8(a) business is or how a business even qualifies to become one. To begin, the owner of the business must be able to attest that he/she is socially disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, be free from ethical issues and predicaments that impairs judgement, have unconditional control of the business, and have the ability to complete federal contracts. One of the advantages of working as an 8(a)federal contractor is the backing and support of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA provides information and resources, as well as strategies and helping make connections. Since there are qualifications that must be met in order to become an 8(a) business, then the competition for contracts is lessened, easing the burden of smaller businesses to survive in a world of giant corporations. The Owner and President of Harbor Enterprises, LLC, Lucas Stewart, has used this platform as a way to continue providing services to others.

Who are we and who do we serve?

Harbor Enterprises, LLC has been working in the construction and manufacturing industry for since 2006. Before obtaining status as an 8(a) contractor, we gained experience by self-performing work on projects such as the Hurricane Katrina Relief and Haitian Earthquake Relief efforts, developed and constructed man-camps in Sierra Leone, and designed, manufactured, and installed bunkers and storm shelters on many military bases throughout the US, as well as thousands of residential units, and even FEMA. Some of our commercial customers include The Boy Scouts, The United Methodist Church, KIA, Department of Energy, GE Gas & Oil, Toyota, Norfolk Southern, just to name a few. From individuals to families, from small businesses to major corporations, and from local to national government, there is not one sector we have not served in some capacity. Our whole purpose is to provide goods and services to whomever needs them, and to fill those needs with compassion, respect, kindness, and professionalism.

How did we get our start as an 8(a)federal contractor?

Harbor Enterprises, LLC is already providing tornado shelters to residential and commercial customer across the nation for civilians.  When the military began to use some of the Survive-a-Storm products to protect soldiers on bases throughout tornado alley, it was then that Harbor Enterprises began to see other needs that, as a parent company, we could provide to the government.  As an 8(a) business, Harbor Enterprises. LLC has been able to help with emergency debris removal, as well as rebuilding and redesigning buildings for bases throughout Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.  Our ability to self-perform a majority of our work is what sets us apart from the competition.  Our team of experts have years of combined experience in working on government contracts, and our skills and expertise are second to none in the industry.

What advantages does our 8(a) business bring to surrounding communities in which we have contracts?

When we grow, the job market grows.  Anytime we start new projects for the federal government, and since we self-perform a majority of our work, we are always looking to hire skilled workers for whatever needs we are trying to fill.  Instead of hiring multiple subcontractors, we use many of our own employees and as we continue to grow, the larger our staff grows.  We want to see our people succeed as well as our company and the clients we work for.

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