|Source||Small Business Administration|
|File Size||152 MB|
|Dates Covered||Current as of April 2006|
|Buy this database||Click here to purchase and download this database|
The SBA 8(a) Business Development Program data is a list of companies that qualified for this business assistance program, which is geared toward minority and other disadvantaged businesses. It is current as of April, 2006, with several new fields of data available.
Federal acquisition policies encourage agencies to award a certain percentage of their contracts to businesses that qualify for the 8(a) program and another SBA program, the Small Disadvantaged Business Certification Program. Companies that qualify as 8(a) businesses, automatically qualify for the other program.
As a result, journalists could use this data set along with federal contracts data (also available from NICAR) to study whether small disadvantaged businesses in their region are truly getting their share of federal contracts.
Record layouts and samples of this database
|Main documentation (README.txt)||6.8 KB|
|Data sample (sba_8a.xls)||159.0 KB|
|Record layout (layout.xls)||28.5 KB|
Small Business Anxiety
An investigation by the Kansas City Star reveals that the Small Business Administration gives most of its government-guaranteed loans to firms located middle- and high-income areas. The paper discovered that minority-owned businesses receive less than 15 percent of the SBA loans, despite efforts by the administration to target minority owners.